Advertisement

The Voyage South: Dogs First, Dogs All the Time

  • Mary R. Tahan
Chapter

Abstract

This chapter presents Amundsen’s adamant assertions that the dogs are the most important passengers on the Fram, and that they are the key to the expedition’s success and the men’s future. Included is Amundsen’s strategy regarding grouping and caring for the dogs on board. Using the diary entries from Amundsen and the expedition crewmembers, a complete listing of the groups of dogs, by name, and their assigned caretakers, is now given in the text. A virtual tour of the deck of the ship indicates where each group resides. Also described is how, during this first part of the voyage, the men extend sun sails to shade the dogs from the elements, but the dogs still endured challenging conditions, including the constant rocking of the ship, extremely cramped quarters, chained captivity, and downpours of rain.

References

  1. Amundsen, R., Antarctic expedition diary, “Den tredje Framferd, 7 de Juni 1910” [“The Third Fram Journey, 7 June 1910”], 7 June 1910 – 19 October 1911 & 26 January 1912 – 6 March 1912, NB Ms.4° 1549, Manuscripts Collection, National Library of Norway, Oslo.Google Scholar
  2. Amundsen, R. (1912). The South Pole: An account of the Norwegian Antarctic expedition in the “Fram”, 1910–1912, 2 vols (A. G. Chater, Trans.). London: John Murray.Google Scholar
  3. Bjaaland, O. (2011). Olav Bjaalands dagbøker: Sydpolsekspedisjonen 1910–12 [Olav Bjaaland’s diaries: The South Pole Expedition 1910–12] (G. O. Kløver, Ed.). Oslo: The Fram Museum.Google Scholar
  4. Gjertsen, H. F. (2011). Hjalmar Fredrik Gjertsens dagbøker: Sydpolsekspedisjonen 1910–1912 [Hjalmar Fredrik Gjertsen’s diaries: the South Pole Expedition 1910–1912] (G. O. Kløver, Ed.). Oslo: The Fram Museum.Google Scholar
  5. Hansen, L. (2011). Ludvig Hansens dagbok 1910–1912 [Ludvig Hansen’s Diary 1910–1912]. In G. O. Kløver (Ed.), Mannskapets dagbøker: Sydpolsekspedisjonen 1910–1914 [The Crew’s Diaries: The South Pole expedition 1910–1914]. Oslo: The Fram Museum.Google Scholar
  6. Hassel, S. (2011). Sverre Hassels dagbøker: Sydpolsekspedisjonen 1910–1912 [Sverre Hassel’s diaries: the South Pole Expedition 1910–1912] (G. O. Kløver, Ed.). Oslo: The Fram Museum.Google Scholar
  7. Johansen, F. H., Antarctic expedition diary, “Dagbog tilhørende Fredrik Hjalmar Johansen, ført på 3die Framexpedition, påbegyndt efter afgangen fra Norge, 15de august 1910” [“Diary of Fredrik Hjalmar Johansen, conducted on 3rd Fram Expedition, commenced after departure from Norway, 15 August 1910”], 15 August 1910 – 26 April 1911, NB Ms.4° 2775:C:2, Manuscripts Collection, National Library of Norway, Oslo.Google Scholar
  8. Kutschin, A. (2011) Alexander Kutschins dagbok 1910–1912 [Alexander Kutschin’s Diary 1910–1912]. In G. O. Kløver (Ed.), Mannskapets dagbøker: Sydpolsekspedisjonen 1910–1914 [The Crew’s Diaries: The South Pole expedition 1910–1914]. Oslo: The Fram Museum.Google Scholar
  9. Nilsen, T. (2011). Thorvald Nilsens dagbøker: Sydpolsekspedisjonen 1910–1914 [Thorvald Nilsen’s Diaries: The South Pole expedition 1910–1914] (G. O. Kløver, Ed.). Oslo: The Fram Museum.Google Scholar
  10. Prestrud, K. (2011). Kristian Prestruds dagbøker: Sydpolsekspedisjonen 1910–1912 [Kristian Prestrud’s Diaries: The South Pole expedition 1910–1912] (G. O. Kløver, Ed.). Oslo: The Fram Museum.Google Scholar
  11. Rønne, M. (2011). Martin Rønnes dagbok 1910–1912 [Martin Rønne’s Diary 1910–1912]. In G. O. Kløver (Ed.), Mannskapets dagbøker: Sydpolsekspedisjonen 1910–1914 [The Crew’s Diaries: The South Pole expedition 1910–1914]. Oslo: The Fram Museum.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary R. Tahan
    • 1
  1. 1.VancouverCanada

Personalised recommendations