National Geographic : 1936 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE © Ellsworth Antarctic Expedition A GIANT FOOT AND ITS BROKEN SHIN A landing ski and its attachment post, crushed when the Polar Star was caught in the ice break-up at Bay of Whales, January 13, 1934. The plane is on the Wyatt Earp ready for the long voyage back to America for repairs (page 2). and gas, we were to carry on the airplane food, a hand sledge with cover and lash ings, tent, food box, primus stove, one snow shovel, snow knife, two pairs of snow shoes, and also a radio trail set and a port able generator, reindeer-hide sleeping bags, and photographic equipment. Our food consisted of pemmican, wheat biscuits, sugar, bouillon cubes, bacon, oat meal, butter, powdered milk, dried apricots. We had three months' emergency rations in sacks and tins. Our radio equipment was constructed to transmit on any wave length between 20 and 80 meters. The power output was 100 watts and it was intended throughout the progress of our flight that the Wyatt Earp should receive news which could be re layed to New York. We also had an emer gency transmitter and receiver which could be carried on the trail. Our total weight was 7,789 pounds; our gasoline alone weighed 2,796 pounds. In our party on shipboard were 17 men, six of whom stuck through all three expedi tions: Sir Hubert Wilkins, without whose assistance the flight could never have been made; Lanz, the radio operator; Captain Olsen, of the Wyatt Earp; Liavaag, the first mate; Chief Engineer Holmboe; and Larsen, the cabin boy. Money could not buy such loyalty as theirs. "THE QUIETEST MAN I EVER KNEW" I was fortunate in obtaining for pilot of the Polar Star Herbert Hollick-Kenyon, of the Canadian Airways. Kenyon already had varied experience flying under sub arctic conditions of northern Canada. He was a fine fellow, a grand pilot, and the quietest man I ever knew. We had planned to make the 2,300-mile flight along the Antarctic Archipelago and across the continent to the Bay of Whales on the Ross Sea in 14 hours, but it took us just 22 days to get across.