Equipment included two prefabricated Norwegian huts, 500 bamboo poles with miniature Union Jacks "for purposes of survey and extension of the British Empire", 2.3 kg silk and canvas tents, a Norwegian sailing sledge, James "ready to go to sea in ten seconds" collapsable boats, Leakey aluminium cooking utensils, Primus camp stoves (the first use of the Swedish appliance on an Antarctic expedition) and mining tools. Weaponry included revolvers, double-barreled 12 guage paradox guns, and one dozen Lee Metford .303 and Martini Henry .450 rifles.
Ninety sledge dogs, the first to be used on an Antarctic expedition, were taken. Most of these originated from the Petchora Valley and Kenin Peninsula in Siberia where they were purchased for ~2000. They were the first sledging dogs to reach England and for sustenance, Spratts Ltd supplied 28 tons of codliver oil, fish meat and oatmeal biscuits containing fifty percent fat.
The Southern Cross left England and steaming via Hobart, Tasmania, it arrived at Cape Adare on 17 February 1899. Ten men, five Norwegians, two Englishmen, one Australian and two Finns were to be the first to spend a winter on the continent.
C.E.Borchgrevink In command L.C.Bernacchi Magnetician and meteorologist W.R.Colbeck, Lieut.RNR Asst.magnetician and metorologist. Also stores officer N.Hanson Biologist. Also responsible for fuel, lighting, ammunition, guns H.Klovstad Medical officer H.Evans Asst.zoologist and taxidermist A.Fougner Scientific assistant and general handyman K.Ellifsen General assistant and cook O.Must Ski specialist. Also responsible for dogs P. Savio Duties as for Must