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Wednesday, February 8th 1911

No. 7 Camp. Bearings: Lat. 78º 13′; Mt. Terror N. 3 W.; Erebus 23 1/2 Terror 2nd peak from south; Pk. 2 White Island 74 Terror; Castle Rk. 43 Terror. Night march just completed. 10 miles, 200 yards. The ponies were much shaken by the blizzard. One supposes they did not sleep – all look listless and two or three are visibly thinner than before. But the worst case by far is Forde’s little pony; he was reduced to a weight little exceeding 400 lbs. on his sledge and caved in altogether on the second part of the march. The load was reduced to 200 lbs., and finally Forde pulled this in, leading the pony. The poor thing is a miserable scarecrow and never ought to have been brought – it is the same pony that did so badly in the ship. To-day it is very fine and bright. We are giving a good deal of extra food to the animals, and my hope is that they will soon pick up again – but they cannot stand more blizzards in their present state. I’m afraid we shall not get very far, but at all hazards we must keep the greater number of the ponies alive. The dogs are in fine form – the blizzard has only been a pleasant rest for them.
Memo. – Left No. 7 Camp. 2 bales of fodder.

Laying a depot. H. . &. P’s biscuits. Feb. 8th 1911.
“Laying a depot. H. . &. P’s biscuits. Feb. 8th 1911.”

Laying a depot. H. . &. P’s biscuits. Feb. 8th 1911.
“Laying a depot. H. . &. P’s biscuits. Feb. 8th 1911.”

The Terra Nova lying off Barne Glacier. Feb. 8th 1911.
“The Terra Nova lying off Barne Glacier. Feb. 8th 1911.”

The Terra Nova lying off shore from the hut. Feb. 8th 1911.
“The Terra Nova lying off shore from the hut. Feb. 8th 1911.”

Giving one of the ponies which has just swam ashore from the T.N. a bottle of whiskey
“Giving one of the ponies which has just swam ashore from the T.N. a bottle of whiskey”

Giving whisky to a pony which swam ashore. Feb. 8th 1911.
“Giving whisky to a pony which swam ashore. Feb. 8th 1911.”

Giving whisky to a pony which swam ashore. Feb. 8th 1911.
“Giving whisky to a pony which swam ashore. Feb. 8th 1911.”

2 Responses to “Wednesday, February 8th 1911”

  1. Ranald says:

    Why did they feed the pony whiskey?

  2. Richard says:

    I’d imagine to pep him up a bit… Cavalry men during the first world war used to share with the horses on occaision