A time capsule

On 29 March 1912, today exactly 107 years ago, Captain Robert F. Scott made his last entry in his diary. He wrote the following:

Every day we have been ready to start for our depot 11 miles away, but outside the door of our tent it remains a scene of whirling drift. I do not think we can hope for any better things now. We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far. It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write any more.

R. Scott

Last Entry

For God’s sake look after our people.

 

In Scott's hut; Inside Scott's hut
Inside the hut at Cape Evans, the main table

He was on his way back from his successful attempt to reach the South Pole, however, he was beaten by Roald Amundsen by a few weeks. He and his men died most likely shortly after, only 17 kilometres from the next food depot and 160 kilometres from their home base at Cape Evans. 20170201_Arjen_Drost_27323-HDR.jpgTwo years ago I had the privilege to visit his hut at Cape Evans, Ross’ Sea, Antarctica. It is a bit like walking into a time capsule. The hut has been restored in the original state and all artefacts are at the place where they were (or at least could have been) when Scott’s men were walking around. The hut is one of the largest of the explorers’ huts and had enough space for all men and even the ponies they took with them. With the temperatures below freezing for most of the year (if not all year), even the seal and penguin skins they had left were still intact, with a small pool of blubber underneath. It really looked like Captain Scott could open the door and come in at any moment. If only that blizzard would have come one day later…

In Scott's hut; Inside Scott's hut
Sealskin waiting to be used in Scott’s hut at Cape Evans

 

 

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

One comment

  • We are the privileged once who can learn form those who made the biggest sacrifices at the time for the mankind, but we also carry on their legacy and mark our paths the best ways we know. Love your story, thank you Arjen

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