FIRST BURIAL ON THE CONTINENT



It became clear that Hanson would not recover and most of the party took up residence in the stores hut and a temporary kitchen was set up in a tent outside. On 14 October, the first penguin arrived on Ridley Beach and was caught by Evans who took it to Hanson. Colbeck said "I feel sure we will miss him more and more as the days go by and we no longer see his cheery face and hear his hearty jokes he was so fond of playing on us all.. " The same day, after farewelling each member of the party, the 28 year old biologist who had been married only a month when he joined the expedition, died. The doctor who conducted a postmortem concluded death had been caused by an occlusion of the intestine. In accordance with Hanson's wishes, Bernacchi and the Finns using dynamite, excavated a grave in frozen ground on the summit of Cape Adare and Hanson was interred in the lee of a large erratic boulder on top of the Adare Peninsula.

Sledging continued in spring and Borchgrevink made plans to winter at Coulman Island or near Cape Gauss and from there strike toward the South Magnetic Pole. The return of the penguins also provided a welcome change of diet. The Finns collected over 2000 eggs which were packed in salt and many were used by Borchgrevink to make egg flips.


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