Scott’s last expedition. One hundred years ago to-day.

24 Nov

Scott’s party of sixteen were progressing over the Ross ice barrier. It was snowing a little, but soon bands of blue sky soon broke through. The snow surface was tiring, at each step the men broke through by two or three inches. The first pony was shot providing food for 20 dogs. As planned, Day and Hooper turned for home, their work done. The mood was cautiously optimistic. Scott wrote, ‘I feel we ought to get through now’.

2 Responses to “Scott’s last expedition. One hundred years ago to-day.”

  1. Katie Davies November 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    Remarkable endurance these men showed for the day. Did they have to eat the pony meat too or was there sufficient food left?

  2. isobelpwilliams November 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    Yes, they certainly ate the pony meat. In fact, one of the reasons Scott used ponies for transport (as well as dogs, motor tractors and man-hauling later in the expedition), was that he planned that the animals would be killed and used for food, either immediately or stored for later use.
    The meat was mixed with the basic rich protein/fat combination to make a delicious warm ‘hoosh’

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