April 14, 1912: The galley in the Northern Party’s Cave

–from Raymond Priestley’s account “Antarctic Adventure”–

“The 14th saw another step in the evolution of the cooking-stove.  We compromised now between feeding the fire with hot oil and strips of solid blubber.  A good fire was obtained first of all by light a rope wick soaked in oil, then thin slices of blubber were fried over this and the hot oil was poured into the lamp until the latter was well headed and a flame a foot or two high was obtained.  The hoosh-pot was then fixed over the fire, and the latter was fed with strips of blubber placed on the edge of the stove.  These were heated by the flame and the oil dripped from them into the stove.

“This method was a great improvement on any yet adopted, but there was still a likelihood of the fire going out if it was left untended for even a few minutes, and it was clear that much remained to be done before the stove was as perfect as we could make it with the available material.”

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