April 17, 1912: Departure of the rescue attempt to reach Campbell’s stranded northern party

–from Cherry-Garrard’s account “The Worst Journey in the World”–

“Atkinson’s plan was to start out April 7 over the old sea-ice which lay to the south and south-west of us:  he was to take with him Wright, Keohane and Williamson, and they wanted to reach Butter Point, and thence to sledge up the western coast. . . .

“They started at 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday 17 April.  The sun was now only just peeping over the northen horizon at midday, and would disappear entirely in six more days, though of course there was a long twilight as yet.  For fresh men on old sea-ice it would not have been an easy venture:  for worn-out men on a coast where the ice was probably freezing and blowing out at odd times it was very brave.”

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