November 4, 1913: Ponting’s Motion Pictures of Scott

–from the San Francisco Chronicle, November 4, 1913– “There is a splendid series of motion pictures on exhibition this week at the Savoy Theater, pictures all of which were taken by Herbert Ponting who was the official artist of Captain Scott’s Expedition to the South Pole. Some of the pictures are truly remarkable for their … More November 4, 1913: Ponting’s Motion Pictures of Scott

November 14, 1912: The search party finds the last signs of Captain Oates

–from Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s account The Worst Journey in the World— “November 14.  Early morning.  It has been a miserable march.  We had to wait some time after hoosh to let the mules get ahead.  Then we went on in a cold raw fog and some head wind, with constant frost-bites. The surface has been very … More November 14, 1912: The search party finds the last signs of Captain Oates

November 12, 1912: A burial on the Barrier

–from Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s account The Worst Journey in the World— “Nearly midday.  11-12 miles south of One Ton.  . . .Then Atkinson read the lesson from the Burial Service from Corinthians.  Perhaps it has never been read in a more magnificent cathedral and under more impressive circumstances–for it is a grave which kings must envy.  … More November 12, 1912: A burial on the Barrier

March 17, 1912: St. Patrick’s Day at Cape Evans

–From Tryggve Gran’s Diary “The Norwegian with Scott”– “17 March.  St Patrick’s Day, and we celebrated in the evening with some bottles of beer.  Crean, Archer, Williamson, and I took a trip this morning to South Bay.  The sea ice was quite solid, and some score of seals were stretched out on it.  Crean and … More March 17, 1912: St. Patrick’s Day at Cape Evans

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 2, 1912: “Misfortunes rarely come singly.”

–from Scott’s diary– “Friday, March 2.–Lunch.  Misfortunes rarely come singly  We marched to the [Middle Barrier] depot fairly easily yesterday afternoon, and since that have suffered three distinct blows which have placed us in a bad position.  First we found a shortage of oil; with most rigid economy it can scarce carry us to the … More March 2, 1912: “Misfortunes rarely come singly.”

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