Two tents were pitched and their camp set up. About midnight, with the return crew, the Terra Nova steamed South. Alone again, and too early to turn in or just excited by being in a new area, they spent some time looking around the moraine. Campbell found ‘a rock with a curious bunch of garnets, also a shell (Pecten Colbecki) which makes it look as if this place had once been under water.’ [ii]
By two in the morning they could crawl into their sleeping bags knowing the next phase of the expedition had started.
Note about Evans Cove : Early references refer to Evans’ Coves or Evans’ Cove, with maps appearing in publications from Scott’s 1911-13 expedition show it further south opposite the seaward bays on Inexpressible Island. However, the area where they actually tied up is now called Evans Cove - A cove in Terra Nova Bay, Victoria Land, entered between Inexpressible Island and Cape Russell. Charted by the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-09. Probably named by Shackleton for Captain F.P. Evans, master of the ship Koonya, which towed the Nimrod south in 1907, and later master of the Nimrod during the last year of the expedition. (USGS Geographic Names Information System)
Pennell, anxious to take the Terra Nova to sea, slipped moorings at mid night as soon as he and the shore party returned. The ship, meeting snow and fog had some difficulty making its way out through the pack ice, but finally was on its way to Granite Harbour and onto the main base at Cape Evans. However, the bad ice and weather conditions meant it took them until 12 January to reach Beaufort Island at the top of Ross Island. They steamed alternately towards Granite Harbour and then Cape Evans trying to find passage through the ice. Finally, the ice started breaking out and they made landfall near Cape Evans on 4 February. These endless days of steaming used excessive amounts of coal, which, with the ice conditions, was again to play a major part in the story of Campbell’s party.
Now in light of what followed let us ask the obvious questions: what supplies were landed; was it enough; should they have landed unprepared for a wintering over?
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