July 21, 1912: Tom Crean turns 36

–from Tryggve Gran’s account “The Norwegian with Scott”–

“21 July.  For the summer sledge journey we’re trying something new in the way of provisions–an onion a day for each member.  I think this is a good idea, not only as a prophylactic against scurvy but also as a food-stuff.  At any rate the men will get the impression that they’re not just on a slimming course.  At the moment the whole hut smells of onions.

“The past few weeks the temperature has been quite mild, but today the thermometer fell to th [minus] forties.  Crean had his 35th [in fact 36th] birthday today.”

[This was Tom Crean’s fourth birthday spent in the depths of the Antarctic winter, all of them within ten years.]


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