March 5, 2011

Sunday, 5 March 1911


Hut Point in January 2007. The Royal Society Range can be seen in the background. The cross is a memorial to Seaman George Vince, who was killed falling from a cliff during Scott's Discovery Expedition, the first recorded death in McMurdo Sound. [1]

The depot party arrived at Hut Point early in the morning. "Found the hut in comparative order and slept there," Scott noted wearily in his diary. [2]


In the past few days, temperatures had dropped to 30-40 degrees C of frost. "16 1/2 miles covered today," Johansen recorded with disappointment, "the last part of the way terribly slowly. The poor dogs had to be whipped on." [3]


[1] Wikipedia.
[2] R.F. Scott, diary, 5 March, 1911, quoted in Scott's Last Expedition, v.1.
[3] Hjalmar Johansen, diary, 6 March, 1911, quoted by Roland Huntford in Scott and Amundsen (New York : Putnam, 1980, c1979), p.352.

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