The Voyage of the 'Discovery', Volume 2

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A truly superb historical account, "Voyage" thoroughly maps all aspects of Scott's voyage, from choosing sled dogs to setting up meteorological equipment, to holing up in a three-man sleeping bag in a ... Read full review

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Undoubtedly one of history├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Żs greatest adventures, the 1901 expedition to the Antarctic is offered up in Scott├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Żs firsthand account. His narrative covers all aspects of the journey ... Read full review

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Page xiii - And you, good yeomen, Whose limbs were made in England, show us here The mettle of your pasture; let us swear That you are worth your breeding— which I doubt not; For there is none of you so mean and base That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
Page 352 - Now, strike your sailes, ye jolly Mariners, For we be come unto a quiet rode, Where we must land some of our passengers, And light this weary vessell of her lode.
Page 32 - Before starting to-day I took a meridian altitude, and to my delight found the latitude to be 80░ 1'. All our charts of the Antarctic regions show a plain white circle beyond the eightieth parallel ; the most imaginative cartographer has not dared to cross this limit and even the meridional lines end at the circle. It has always been our ambition to get inside that white space, and now we are there the space can no longer be a blank ; this compensates for a lot of trouble.
Page 202 - Path of advance! - but it leads A long, steep journey, through sunk Gorges, o'er mountains in snow. Cheerful, with friends, we set forth Then, on the height, comes the storm. Thunder crashes from rock To rock, the cataracts reply, Lightnings dazzle our eyes.
Page 328 - No healthy man likes to be thought an invalid, and there are few of us who have not at some time felt embarrassed by an excess of consideration for our needs.
Page 263 - I don't know where we are, but I know we must be a long way to the west from my rough noon observation of the compass variation ; besides which we cannot have marched so many hours without covering a long distance. We have been discussing this matter at supper, and wondering whether future explorers will travel further over this inhospitable country. Evans remarked that if they did they "would have to leg it," and indeed I think they would.
Page 263 - ... are hundreds and even thousands of miles which can offer no change to the weary eye, while on the vast expanse that one's mind conceives one knows there is neither tree, nor shrub, nor any living thing, nor even inanimate rock — nothing but this terrible limitless expanse of snow. It has been here for countless years, and it will be so for countless more.
Page 126 - As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
Page 390 - March 4. — The wind failed us last night, and it has been calm all day. The sky has been dull, but the horizon quite clear ; we could have seen land at a great distance, yet none has been in sight, and thus once and for all we have definitely disposed of Wilkes Land.
Page 53 - When it is fine and clear, at the end of our fatiguing days he will spend two or three hours seated in the door of the tent sketching each detail of the splendid mountainous coast-scene to the west. His sketches are most astonishingly accurate ; I have tested his proportions by actual angular measurements and found them correct.

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