Loaned to Smart Gallery by Martin Winterton alongside with the poem “A Memory”.
Listen to the story behind the poem below
Ice ship “Kista Dan” shouldering aside the Weddell Sea pack ice
Like a prop forward at Twickenham
Charging for the white line.
Contorted blocks of ice-
Beautiful in the sunlight, awful in the shade
En route to dot on the map Halley Bay
Not for us the dilettante heroism of Scott
But serious scientific research to join the dots
Defining this Terra Australis Incognito.
The ship departs for a year,
Leaving twenty-four desperate and disparate egos
Pursuing parallel polar courses.
Then came tragedy.
A sudden southerly blizzard
Swept the Bay ice seaward
With the deftness of a yard-broom on a driveaway
Taking with it
A sledge, Four huskies
and Neville Mann.
Martin Winterton, Bank Newton
Dog Sledger, Halley Bay, 1961-1964