Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition February 9, 1915. “a string of pools and a passable lead beyond. . . .”

–from Sir James Wordie’s diary– “9 February. A thick fog all morning and a cloudy afternoon prevented any observations being taken. Only a small strip of pack ice seemed to separate us from a string of pools and a passable lead beyond. “Steam was got up accordingly and an attempt made to get out of … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition February 9, 1915. “a string of pools and a passable lead beyond. . . .”

January 19, 1913: The Aurora breaks through the pack

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– {The expedition ship Aurora had picked up the men of Mawson’s expedition at Commonwealth Bay and was now on the homeward passage.] “The morning of January 16 found us in the neighborhood of Queen Mary Land skirting heavy pack-ice more formidable than any met with in … More January 19, 1913: The Aurora breaks through the pack

November 1913: A Calm Evening in Adelie Land

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– “A calm evening in November! At ten o’clock a natural picture in shining colours is painted on the canvas of the sea and sky. The northern dome is a blush of rose deepening to a warm terra-cotta along the horizon, and the water reflects it upward … More November 1913: A Calm Evening in Adelie Land

October 20, 1913: Spring arrives at Commonwealth Bay

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– “The winds were very high for the ensuing two days, and on the 17th (October) the horizon was clearer and more water-sky was visible. Before lunch on that day there was not a living thing along the steep, overhanging ice-foot, but by late afternoon thirteen birds … More October 20, 1913: Spring arrives at Commonwealth Bay

June 1913: The Adelie Blizzard “When Your Mits Begin to Go”

–-From ‘When Your Mits Begin to Go’, June 1913 issue of “The Adélie Blizzard”– “If you’re snowed-up in a blizzard in a sludgy sloppy tent, And for days the drift has threshed and swished, and conversation-spent You hazard another ‘chestnut’ on your mild forbearing mates, And the scornful lips of someone with a wan smile … More June 1913: The Adelie Blizzard “When Your Mits Begin to Go”

The Antarctic Year: Commonwealth Bay 1913

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– At the beginning of April, McLean laid the foundations of “The Adelie Blizzard,” which recorded our life for the next seven months. It was a monthly publication, and contributions were invited from all on every subject but the wind. Anything from light doggerel to heavy blank … More The Antarctic Year: Commonwealth Bay 1913

August 4, 1913: “The Hut was almost completely buried. . .”

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– “July concluded its stormy career with the astonishing wind-average of 63.6 miles an hour. We were all relieved to see Friday, August 1, appear on the modest calendar, which was the particular pleasure of each night-watchman to change. “After an immense deluge of snow on August … More August 4, 1913: “The Hut was almost completely buried. . .”

July 26, 1913: A hurricane on a clear day at Commonwealth Bay

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– “From July 26 onwards the sky was cloudless for a week, and each day the northern sun would rise a fraction of a degree higher. The wind was very constant and of high velocity. “It was a grand sight to witness the sea in a hurricane … More July 26, 1913: A hurricane on a clear day at Commonwealth Bay

July 1913: Adelie Land’s greatest blows

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– “Almost a fortnight now elapsed, during which the weather was “impossible.” In fact, the wind was frightful throughout the whole month of July, surpassing all its previous records and wearing out our much-tried patience. All that one could do was to work on and try grimly … More July 1913: Adelie Land’s greatest blows