July 1912 at Inexpressible Island

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

“The blubber of the last seals we had killed was like lard or butter to look at, and tasted better than any fat we could remember.  “Nutty” was the word used by those who should have been the most competent judges, and certainly the unexpected pleasure we obtained from this oily fat and the extraordinary fitness and good temper which it produced were the most surprsing feature of the winter’s diet.

“We were not likely to have any more trouble about supplies of meat, for on several occasions during the next few days we saw Weddells cruising about, and it was fairly certain that some would come up before our present stock of meat was exhausted.  The end of July therefore saw us for the first time free of anxiety about food.”

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