January 19, 2013

Sunday, 19 January 1913


A panorama of the interior of the hut at Cape Evans, January 2000. It remains much as it was when abandoned in January 1913. Photo by Kuno Lechner. [1]

"January 19," Cherry wrote in his diary. "On board the Terra Nova. After 28 hours' loading we left the old hut for good and all at 4 p.m. this afternoon. It has been a bit of a rush and little sleep last night. It is quite wonderful now to be travelling a day's journey in an hour: we went to Cape Royds in about that time and took off geological and zoological specimens. I should like to sit up and sketch all these views, which would have meant long travelling without the ship, but I feel very tired. The mail is almost too good for words. Now, with the latest waltz on the gramophone, beer for dinner and apples and fresh vegetables to eat, life is more bearable than it has been for many a long weary week and month. I leave Cape Evans with no regret: I never want to see the place again. The pleasant memories are all swallowed up in the bad ones." [2]


[1] Wikipedia.
[2] Apsley Cherry-Garrard, diary, 19 January, 1913, quoted in The Worst Journey in the World, ch.19.

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