3/26/24 Book Review: Meredith Hooper’s “The Longest Winter–Scott’s Other Heroes”

This website was never intended for words other than those quoted from the members of the Antarctic exploring parties who risked their lives in the name of science and discovery. However, there is one book so compelling in its subject matter, so detailed and literate in its delivery, that it deserves a mention here, and … More 3/26/24 Book Review: Meredith Hooper’s “The Longest Winter–Scott’s Other Heroes”

January 26-29, 1913: The men of Scott’s Last Expedition homeward bound

–from Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s account “The Worst Journey in the World”– “Mount Nansen rose sheer and massive ahead of us with a table top, and at 3 a.m. on 26 January we were passing the dark brown granite headland of the northern foothills. We were soon made fast to a stretch of some 500 yards of … More January 26-29, 1913: The men of Scott’s Last Expedition homeward bound

September 17, 1912: Seal butchering on Inexpressible Island

–from Raymond Priestley’s account of Scott’s Northern Party, “Antarctic Adventure”– “As the depot contained almost all the results of our summer journey, it was imperative that it should be found, and so the next fine day–the 17th–Abbott and I again went to the site of the old camp and spent two or three hours unsuccessfully … More September 17, 1912: Seal butchering on Inexpressible Island

August 27, 1912: “A regular gem” on Inexpressible Island

–from Raymond Priestley’s account “Antarctic Adventure”— At this time we were confined to our beds, but our greatest worry was once more for the stability of our roof.  The drift was gradually wearing a way through near the chimney, and on the 27th a hole actually made its appearance.  Drift commenced to blow into the … More August 27, 1912: “A regular gem” on Inexpressible Island

August 15, 1912: Spring comes to Inexpressible Island

–from Raymond Priestley’s account “Antarctic Adventure”– “On the 15th we made another trip to the depot in spite of the ever-present wind, and we dug out the iron-runnered sledge and ran her across to the north side of Inexpressible Island, where we left her for the present.  It was a cold day, and Campbell, who … More August 15, 1912: Spring comes to Inexpressible Island

July 20, 1912: A Birthday Feed at Inexpressible Island

–from Raymond Priestley’s book “Antarctic Adventure”– “July 20, being my birthday, was celebrated with an extra feed and a concert in the evening.  I served out another stick of chocolate, six lumps of sugar, and twenty-five raisins per man, and once again we turned in very well satisfied with ourselves and looking forward to the … More July 20, 1912: A Birthday Feed at Inexpressible Island

Early May 1912: Hunger and frostbite on Inexpressible Island

–from Raymond Priestley’s account “Antarctic Adventure”– “May was ushered in quite appropriately with a blighting westerly wind.  The sea ice which had formed again on the bay during the last day or two of April was driven out to the horizon, and several members of the party who were working outside sustained severe frost-bites.  Browning … More Early May 1912: Hunger and frostbite on Inexpressible Island

Sundays in April 1912: Music to make Inexpressible Island a little better

–from Raymond Priestley’s account, “Antarctic Adventure”– “On Sundays also Campbell read a chapter from a pocket edition of the New Testament we had with us, and afterwards we sang what hymns we could remember. “Taking all things into consideration, the Sunday concerts were a great success.  The only man with a voice in the party … More Sundays in April 1912: Music to make Inexpressible Island a little better

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

March 11, 1912: The Northern party plans for a hard winter on short rations

–from Raymond Priestley’s account “Antarctic Adventure” (pg. 240)– “I have already made mention of the biscuit ration, and now it just remains for me to enumerate the few other articles articles of diet which we possessed, and which were so scanty that they became to us the symbol of luxury itself.  Half of the biscuit, … More March 11, 1912: The Northern party plans for a hard winter on short rations