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Scott's Last Expedition

Tuesday, February 28th 1911

Safety Camp. Packed up at 6 A.M. and marched into Safety Camp. Found everyone very cold and depressed. Wilson and Meares had had continuous bad weather since we left, Bowers and Oates since their arrival. The blizzard had raged for two days. The animals looked in a sorry condition but all were alive. The wind blew keen and cold from the east. There could be no advantage in waiting here, and soon all arrangements were made for a general shift to Hut Point. Packing took a long time. The snowfall had been prodigious, and parts of the sledges were 3 or 4 feet under drift. About 4 o’clock the two dog teams got safely away. Then the pony party prepared to go. As the clothes were stripped from the ponies the ravages of the blizzard became evident. The animals without exception were terribly emaciated, and Weary Willy was in a pitiable condition.

The plan was for the ponies to follow the dog tracks, our small party to start last and get in front of the ponies on the sea ice. I was very anxious about the sea ice passage owing to the spread of the water holes.

The ponies started, but Weary Willy, tethered last without a load, immediately fell down. We tried to get him up and he made efforts, but was too exhausted.

Then we rapidly reorganised. Cherry-Garrard and Crean went on whilst Oates and Gran stayed with me. We made desperate efforts to save the poor creature, got him once more on his legs and gave him a hot oat mash. Then after a wait of an hour Oates led him off, and we packed the sledge and followed on ski; 500 yards away from the camp the poor creature fell again and I felt it was the last effort. We camped, built a snow wall round him, and did all we possibly could to get him on his feet. Every effort was fruitless, though the poor thing made pitiful struggles. Towards midnight we propped him up as comfortably as we could and went to bed.

Wave at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911
“Wave at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911”

Wave at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911
“Wave at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911”

Wave breaking at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911
“Wave breaking at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911”

Wave breaking at West Beach
“Wave breaking at West Beach”

Wave breaking at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911
“Wave breaking at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911”

Wave breaking at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911
“Wave breaking at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911”

Wave breaking at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911
“Wave breaking at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911”

Wave breaking at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911
“Wave breaking at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911”

Wave breaking at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911
“Wave breaking at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911”

Wave breaking at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911
“Wave breaking at West Beach. Feb. 28th 1911”

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