Campbell, in his diaries makes no mention of sketching the surrounding area. However, there is a sketch in his hand-written diary[i] pasted opposite the entries dated 9 and 10 January 1912.
Figure 4 Campbell’s panoramic sketch
of Mt. Nansen Range around to mouth of Melbourne Glacier
At first, I was confused with some
names on the sketch. The names,
Mossyface, Pinetree, or Cape Sastrugi were to be coined later. However, looking at drawing, he had a
straight-on view from Mount Nansen to
the cliffs at the entrance to the Priestley (Pinetree) Glacier, and an oblique
view at an acute angle from Priestley Glacier to Cape Mossyface. This would be true if the sketch was done
somewhere near Vegetation Island.
Priestley shows the position of a camp on the outward journey north of
the island and halfway between it and Cape Canwe (Mossyface). Hence, this is where I assume the sketch was
made, and some of the names of the features added later.
From this campsite Campbell could see the entrance to a valley that he believed was the glacier flowing from Mount Melbourne and their route to Wood Bay. Before turning in they lengthened the traces on the sledges in preparation sledging on a glacier and having to negotiate crevassed areas the next day.
This would allow better separation between them and the sledge in case either broke through a crevasse bridge.
Tonight ‘was a good calm night but overcast sky.’
[i] MUN, ‘Victor Campbell Archive Memorial University Newfoundland’.
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