National Geographic : 1936 Jul
MY FLIGHT ACROSS ANTARCTICA e)lllswortn Antarctic Lxpeaditon THE OWNER COMES ABOARD! After two months on the Antarctic plateau and at Little America, Lincoln Ellsworth and Hollick-Kenyon board the Wyatt Earp at Bay of Whales. Overhead is the plane flown from Kansas City to Magallanes, Chile, and then brought south in case it should be necessary to search for the flyers. How glad we were to hear their planes and to greet the first humans we had seen in eight weeks can well be imagined! I shall always feel grateful both to the Research Committee of London and to the Australian Government for their earnest and generous efforts on our behalf. As I was now laid up with an infected foot, because of freezing it, and was not feeling so well, Kenyon started off alone to meet our visitors. I could sleep no more that "night," so cooked myself a big meal and, after waiting until noon, started out on snowshoes to learn what was up. A mile from camp I saw through the fog, which magnifies frightfully in those regions, what appeared to be a whole army march ing toward me; in reality there were six men (page 23). About the first thing they asked me after our greetings was, "Have you any food?" Naturally they were very hungry from their unaccustomed exercise, so we turned back to Little America. After they had cleaned up all the food in the shack, the sledge was packed and we started for the ship, Discovery II, where I was received with open arms. The doctor found that my foot had gone septic and that I was running a tempera ture of 102. After I had a hot bath, my first in three months, Commander Hill told me of events leading up to his arrival and gave me the news that my ship had been delayed by the pack ice in the Ross Sea. Three days later we received a wireless from the Wyatt Earp saying she was ap proaching the bay. And soon there she was, staunch little ship, looming big in the fog that enshrouded her after her 5,100-mile voyage from Dun dee Island to pick us up. And how happy I was to see again the comrades I had learned to love so well during three years' voyaging!