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Training one of the ponies for the Expedition, Quail Island, New Zealand, Dec 1907


Training one of the ponies for the Expedition, Quail Island, New Zealand, Dec 1907


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Training one of the ponies for the Expedition, Quail Island, New Zealand, Dec 1907

British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09. Leader: Ernest Shackleton. Two men lead a pony, which is harnessed to a sledge, across a sandy beach. Another man stands behind

Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, offers excellence in the study of the Arctic and Antarctic

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In this print from the Scott Polar Research Institute's collection, we are transported back in time to December 1907 on Quail Island, New Zealand. The image captures a pivotal moment during the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-09, led by the intrepid Ernest Shackleton. The scene unfolds on a picturesque sandy beach, where two determined men guide one of their trusty ponies through rigorous training for the upcoming expedition. With unwavering dedication and skillful harnessing techniques, they prepare the pony to pull a sledge across treacherous icy terrains that await them in Antarctica. As we gaze at this remarkable photograph, it becomes evident that these men possess an unyielding spirit of exploration and adventure. Their commitment to meticulous preparation is palpable as they strive to ensure every member of their team is ready for the challenges ahead. Standing behind them is another man who observes with keen interest. Perhaps he is offering guidance or providing valuable insights into effective training methods. His presence serves as a reminder that teamwork and collaboration are essential components when embarking on such perilous expeditions. This print not only showcases the determination and resourcefulness of those involved in polar exploration but also highlights the invaluable role played by animals like ponies in these endeavors. These hardworking creatures would prove instrumental in transporting supplies across vast frozen landscapes during Shackleton's ambitious quest. Preserved by University of Cambridge's SPRI (Scott Polar Research Institute), this historical artifact allows us to glimpse into an era defined by pioneering spirits and relentless pursuit of knowledge about our planet's most remote regions. It stands as a testament to humanity's enduring curiosity and resilience against nature's harshest elements.

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