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”

October 20, 1912: The Northern Party gets a seal

–from Raymond Priestley’s account Antarctic Adventure— “It was in this march across the comparatively open space to the north of the Nordenskjold [Glacier tongue] that we killed our first seal, and very glad we were to get it.  The food was disappearing far more quickly per  mile than I had anticipated, and twice I had … More October 20, 1912: The Northern Party gets a seal

September 24, 1912: “Last month of our imprisonment. . .”

–from Raymond Priestley’s account “Antarctic Adventure”– “The mending of tents was finished, and they were examined for unnoticed holes; the caps of the tent-poles were strengthened, and our wind-cloths and sleeping bags were repatched.  While this was bing done iI bagged up the rest of the provisions–the meat was already finished–and conveyed the bags outside … More September 24, 1912: “Last month of our imprisonment. . .”

August 1, 1912: Inexpressible Island

–from Raymond Priestley’s account “Antarctic Acventure”– “August 1, 1912:  Here we are at the first day of another month, and it is very satisfactory to review our position.  We are looking forward to the imminent return of the sun, and are reconciled to waiting until the end of September and crossing the Drygalski [Glacier Tongue] … More August 1, 1912: Inexpressible Island

July 12, 1912: Seal hunting at Inexpressible Island

–from Raymond Priestley’s account “Antarctic Adventure”– “One of the seals gave Browning a good deal of trouble, for although stunned and stabbed he rolled over and over until he had gone twenty yards toward the sea, and he took a great deal of stopping.  We had no room for sentiment about them, however, for we … More July 12, 1912: Seal hunting at Inexpressible Island

June 1912: Smoking

–from Raymond Preistley’s account, “Antarctic Adventure”– “We have all perspired a good deal during the unwonted exercise, and are feeling more hungry than usual if possible.  I believe we are getting hungrier every day.  Either the smitch or the smoking of tea-leaves and wood-chips had induced in us a slight affection of the bronchial tubes, … More June 1912: Smoking

June 22, 1912: A feast on Inexpressible Island

–from Raymond Priestley’s account “Antarctic Adventure”– “Our abode was a cave in which it was impossible to stand upright, our sleeping-bags were greasy and in many cases were wearing bare of hair, two of us spent the day toiling over blubber fire and meat-board, while the other four lay supine in their bags.  Our morning … More June 22, 1912: A feast on Inexpressible Island

May 17, 1912: Seal’s Brain

–from Raymond Priestley’s account, published as “Antarctic Adventure”– “Thus it will be seen that both penguin and seal supply a certain number of changes if they are used judiciously, but the principal luxury we obtained from this source still remains to be named:  seal’s brain.  It was Abbott’s idea.  Curiously enough Antarctic expeditions had never … More May 17, 1912: Seal’s Brain

May 9, 1912: Life in the Northern Party’s cave at Inexpressible Island

–from Raymond Priestley’s account “Antarctic Adventure”– “We have had another quiet day in bed, and the wind still blows strongly.  Campbell and Levick talk a good deal about future plans and about food, but I am content for the most part to lie and dream about past times, and not worry my head about the … More May 9, 1912: Life in the Northern Party’s cave at Inexpressible Island