National Geographic : 1956 Aug
156 John E. Fletcher, National Geographic Staff Ghostly Cabin Filled with Frozen History Waits for Explorers to Finish a Last Meal Capt. Robert Scott built the hut on Cape Evans in 1911. Last men to occupy it were seven survivors of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Ross Sea party. Shackleton came to their rescue in January, 1917, with the ship Aurora. Sailing home, he wrote, "I had the hut put in order and locked up." Thirty-nine years later shore parties from Operation Deepfreeze were forbidden to enter, but photographer Fletcher aimed camera and flash into the gloom through a broken windowpane and shot a series of pictures. This dramatic view developed, showing the table's wine, bread, and cheese perfectly preserved by Antarctica's natural icebox. A pot stands on the stove ready for cooking. King George V and Queen Mary appear on the wall in precoronation portraits. Snow, choking all but this room, drifts through a chink. This year's visitors sealed the cabin as a memorial to Scott and Shackleton.