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Scott's Last Expedition

Sunday, January 1st 1911

Obs. 73º 5′ S. 174º 11′ E. Made good S. 48 W. 13.4; C. Crozier S. 15 W. 277′. At 4 A.M. we proceeded, steaming slowly to the S.E. The wind having gone to the S.W. and fallen to force 3 as we cleared the ice, we headed into a short steep swell, and for some hours the ship pitched most uncomfortably.

CaptLilley (sic) getting a tow net out. Jan. 1st 1911.Lilley (sic) at the water bottle winch. Jan. 1st 1911.Lilley (sic) at the water bottle winch. Jan. 1st 1911.Nelson putting out the water bottle. Jan. 1st 1911.Nelson sending down the water bottle. Jan. 1st 1911.Nelson and Lilley (sic) with water bottle closed. Jan. 1st 1911.NelsonNelson and Lilley taking sample from bottle. Jan. 1st 1911.Typical piece of floating ice. Jan. 1st 1911.Typical piece of floating ice. Jan. 1st 1911.

At 8 A.M. the ship was clear of the ice and headed south with fore and aft sail set. She is lying easier on this course, but there is still a good deal of motion, and would be more if we attempted to increase speed.

Oates reports that the ponies are taking it pretty well.

Soon after 8 A.M. the sky cleared, and we have had brilliant sunshine throughout the day; the wind came from the N.W. this forenoon, but has dropped during the afternoon. We increased to 55 revolutions at 10 A.M. The swell is subsiding but not so quickly as I had expected.

To-night it is absolutely calm, with glorious bright sunshine. Several people were sunning themselves at 11 o’clock! sitting on deck and reading.

The land is clear to-night. Coulman Island 75 miles west.

Sounding at 7 P.M., 187 fathoms.
Sounding at 4 A.M., 310 ,,

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