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Northward: Peary’s 1908-09 Expedition

Had rather a stiff row

Took my usual readings at breakfast time, ate breakfast alone as the Doctor was asleep + the others are not here. After breaking managed to keep the huskies going back and forth with the water boat to fell the boilers, and between times slept most of the time. This Sunday for a change there is not much doing aboard ship. The Bos'n got 4 hare and 1 duck this morning and the Dr. got [left blank] this afternoon. Took several pictures of the Eskimo about the ship in various positions. Loafed away most of the afternoon sleeping, visiting + sending the water boat. A fine day for walrus hunting but there is no one here to go. Another Sunday ought to find us hard at it in the ice. The Dr. was up the summit where he could see the floe ice over toward Cape Sabine. After supper spent most of the evening keeping the Huskies busy filling the water boat. The wind had died down and the sun is shining warm and bright, the finest bit of Arctic Summer weather we have had this trip. The other trip we has [sic] this weather almost continually. Just before midnight the Captain and his party returned with about 100 ducks, 50 eggs, 1 hare and 4 walrus. Had rather a stiff row most of the time. Fine weather for walrus if it was only noon instead of midnight. Spent a few hours about midnight in writing home.

Huskies: when he used this term in 1908, Ross Marvin was not referring to the well known dog breed. At this period in time 'husky' was a common slang term used to refer to the Inuit people. The Oxford English Dictionary dates the first usage of 'husky' in this context to 1743. 

 

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