Wednesday, March 10, 2010

10 March, 1911

Hope the sledge party is alright. Went out to Pram Point and half way to Castle Rock but could see no sign of them.

The Hut is getting more comfortable. It's only really cold in the morning.

Off to fetch more blubber.

When you go out to kill seals, you need to take a big stick, a bayonet, and a flensing knife and steel. First you knock it on the nose with the stick, then you stab it with the bayonet. Once it's dead you cut off the skin with the blubber attached, then the meat is cut from the skeleton and entrails cleaned out. The liver is carefully excised. Then everything is left to freeze in the snow. The carcass can be chopped up with an axe and fed to the dogs. Nothing wasted.

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