Saturday, August 27, 2011

Stores on Board

To give you an idea of the enormous amount of supplies that were put into store on the Terra Nova here is a detailed and partial list of food brought on board. This does not include the cooking equipment, medical supplies, surveying equipment, scientific supplies, clothing, tents, blankets etc.


Brawn ... .., .., ... 100 2-lb. tins.
Bacon rations ... ... 200Ibs.
Potted Meals........1200 4 oz tins
Ham Loaf.. . ... ... 200 1-lb. tins.
Beef Loaf ... ... . . 200 1-lb. tins.
Assorted Potted Mcats ... ...200 4-oz. tins.

Sardines ... a . e . , . 15 cases 18-oz. tins.
Cod Roe... 200 tins.
Salmon ... ... 230 tins.
Pilcherds in Oil ... ... 500 lbs. (Is.).
Anchovics ... ... ... 129 doz. 1-lb. bottlcs.
Anchovy Paste ... ... ... 12& doz. qts.
Bloater Paste ... 20 doz. qts

Soups............200 2 lb tins
Scotch Broth
Ox Tail
Mock Turtle

In addition-
2 Tons of Vegetables and dried vegetables
397 tons of Cereals
2 tons of Jams
2 tons of Boiled Fruit and Dried Fruit
2 tons Milk, butter, Cheese,
Pickles and Sauces
2 1/2 tons of Sugar
Cocoa and Chocolate
Tea, Coffee,
Wines, Spirits, Lime Juices

A neat stack of seal meat sits in an enclosed porch, tins of cocoa and cabbage are piled on shelves inside, and all seems ready for Antarctic explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton to take shelter.

Prefabricated in New Zealand in 1910, transported by ship and reassembled on a spit of land on McMurdo Sound in January 1911, the hut was built for the final expedition led by Britain's Scott, whose ill-fated race to reach the South Pole has become the stuff of legend.

It was the biggest structure in Antarctica when it was first built, some 50 feet (15 metres) by 25 feet (7.5 metres), with doors insulated with seaweed and lined with felt. The 52 officers and crew depended on the hut for shelter and for a semblance of civilization: there were clotheslines, clocks and a gramophone.

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