February 11, 1913: “But my husband is a good sport . . . (Kathleen Scott)

–from a news article in the San Francisco Chronicle February 11, 1913– “Mrs. Robert F. Scott left San Francisco last Wednesday on the Australian line steamer Anorangi, sanguine in the hope that she would greet her husband within two months at some New Zealand port. When seen here Mrs. Scott said she was sorry for … More February 11, 1913: “But my husband is a good sport . . . (Kathleen Scott)

March 16 or 17, 1912: Titus Oates–“I may be some time. . . .”

–from Robert F. Scott’s sledging diary– “Friday, March 16 or Saturday 17.–Lost track of dates, but think the last correct.  Tragedy all along the line.  At lunch, the day before yesterday, poor Titus Oates said he couldn’t go on; he proposed that we should leave him in the sleeping-bag.  That we could not do, and … More March 16 or 17, 1912: Titus Oates–“I may be some time. . . .”

March 12, 1911: The Pole Party imagined to be in the home stretch

–from Frank Debenham’s account published as “In the Quiet Land”– “12.3.12:  Charles [Wright] has shipped his pendulums into the darkroom.  He is sitting beside me reading The Rosary and is totally absorbed–you have to hit him with a hammer to get an answer! “The others of the ‘Afterguard’ at the hut are Gran and Nelson.  … More March 12, 1911: The Pole Party imagined to be in the home stretch

March 7, 1912: Scott’s party on the Barrier–a slow, inevitable decline

–From Scott’s diary– “Wednesday, March 7–A little worse I fear.  One of Oates feet very bad this morning.  He is wonderfully brave.   We still talk of what we will do together at home. “We only made 6-1/2 miles yesterday (R. 49)  This morning in 4-1/2 hours we did just over 4 miles.  We are 16 … More March 7, 1912: Scott’s party on the Barrier–a slow, inevitable decline

March 6, 1912: Gran’s high hopes for Scott’s polar party

–from Tryggve Gran’s account, “The Norwegian with Scott”– “We exercised the mules after lunch, and then I made a trip with the dogs.  One dog was ill and breathed its last tonight; we dumped the corpse in the sea.  The poor thing died almost in my hands.  I was massaging its stomach when it gave … More March 6, 1912: Gran’s high hopes for Scott’s polar party

February 24-25, 1912: Scott’s Polary Party pushes on

–from Dr. Edward Wilson’s diary, two brief entries– “Sat 24 Feb.  Bad attack of snowglare–could hardly keep a chink of eye open in goggles to see the course.  Fat pony hoosh.” “Sun 25 Feb–My eyes much better.  Started my week of cooking.  No time for anything at any meals.  Very good day’s going on ski.  … More February 24-25, 1912: Scott’s Polary Party pushes on

February 20, 1912: Scott’s party leaves the Beardmore Glacier behind

–from Edward Wilson’s diary– “We got to the Blizzard Camp by lunch time.” [This is the entire entry for the day.  Wilson’s diary up to this time had consisted of long, descriptive daily entries.  From this point on they are very brief, an indication of the fatigue that has overtaken the Polar Party after three … More February 20, 1912: Scott’s party leaves the Beardmore Glacier behind

February 17, 1912: The death of Petty Officer Edgar “Taff” Evans

–from Scott’s diary– “Saturday, February 17.– “A very terrible day.  Evans looked a little better after a good sleep, and declared, as he always did, that he was quite well.  He started in his place on the traces, but half an hour later worked his ski shoes adrift, and had to leave the sledge.  The … More February 17, 1912: The death of Petty Officer Edgar “Taff” Evans

February 12, 1912: Scott’s party lost on the glacier

–from Scott’s diary– “Monday, February 12.–R. 26.  In a very critical situation.  All went well in the forenoon, and we did a good long march over a fair surface.  Two hours before lunch we were cheered by the sight of our night camp of the 18th December, the day after we made our depot–this showed … More February 12, 1912: Scott’s party lost on the glacier