The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram," 1910-1912, Volume 1

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J. Murray, 1913 - Antarctica
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Narrative of Amundsen's attainment of the South Pole, December 1911. Vol. 2. contains appendices on the eastern sledge journey, the voyage of the Fram, the construction of the Fram, and scientific results of the expedition.

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Page 44 - Scott of the extension of my plans before he left civilisation, and therefore a few months sooner or later could be of no great importance. Scott's plan and equipment were so widely different from my own that I regarded the telegram that I sent him later, with the information that we were bound for the Antarctic regions, rather as a mark of courtesy than as a communication which might cause him to alter his programme in the slightest degree. The British expedition was designed entirely for scientific...
Page 23 - Cook's behavior at this time won the respect and devotion of all. It is not too much to say that Cook was the most popular man of the expedition, and he deserved it. From morning to night he was occupied with his many patients, and when the sun returned it happened not infrequently that, after a strenuous day's work, the doctor sacrificed his night's sleep to go hunting...
Page 279 - ... as though it were the most natural thing in the world.'
Page 362 - Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time ; this is called bad luck.
Page 38 - I do not intend to sacrifice the scientific utility of the expedition to a mere record-breaking journey, but say frankly, all the same, that one of my great efforts will be to reach the southern geographical pole.
Page 130 - Here we are with all these dogs, this fine ' observation house,' with its big kitchen-range and shiny cloth on the table, and everything else. Any fool might have seen what it meant." I consoled him with the remark that it is always easy to be wise after the event, and that I thought it very lucky no one had discovered our destination prematurely.
Page 44 - Pole was only a side issue, whereas in my extended plan it was the main object . . . Our preparations were entirely different, and I doubt whether Captain Scott, with his great knowledge of Antarctic exploration, would have departed in any point from the experience he had gained and altered his equipment in accordance with that which 1 found it best to employ. For I came far short of Scott both in experience and means.
Page 42 - Fram's third voyage— the exploration of the North Polar basin — hung in the balance. If the expedition was to be saved, it was necessary to act quickly and without hesitation. Just as rapidly as the message had travelled over the cables I decided on my change of front — to turn to the right-about, and face to the South.
Page xxix - A wave of joy runs through the souls of men ; their eyes are bright as the flags that wave about them. "Why? On account of the great geographical discoveries, the important scientific results? Oh no; that will come later for the few specialists. This is something all can understand. A victory of human mind and human strength over the dominion and powers of nature ; a deed that lifts us above the grey monotony of daily life...
Page 55 - We had heard that Scott, relying on his own experience, and that of Shackleton, had come to the conclusion that Manchurian ponies were superior to dogs on the Barrier. Among those who were acquainted with the Eskimo dog, I do not suppose I was the only one who was startled on first hearing this. Afterwards, as I read the different narratives and was able to form an accurate opinion of the conditions of surface and going, my astonishment became even greater.

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