The Antarctic explorer's huts - picture 15

Cape Evans Hut, Ross island, Antarctica.

A gruesome reminder of the real life on an Antarctic expedition in the early days of exploration. Written with pencil on the side of a bunk bed, Dick Richards, a member of Shackleton's Ross Sea party left a desperate message to future explorers: "RW Richards August 14th, 1916 Losses to date- Hayward, Mack, Smith". Reverend Arnold Spencer-Smith died of scurvy on March 9, 1916, while setting up food caches for Shackleton. Aeneas Mackintosh and Victor Hayward vanished in a blizzard while walking on thin sea ice on May 8, 1916.

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