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 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. . .”

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

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