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Amundsen departure: We say 20, you say 19

Posted: Oct 22, 2011 06:48 am EDT

(Newsdesk) At ExplorersWeb we wrote that Amundsen and his men left for the Pole on October 20 while Wikipedia and others have October 19 down. Which is it? We checked in with our polar editor:

"In his book South Pole that Amundsen wrote after he came back, he says they set out on October 19," explained Correne Coetzer, "but in his diary he wrote October 20 - and Bjaaland also wrote they set off October 20."

"Not sure how long after Amundsen came back he wrote the book, but must have been some time. I have learned to rather go with the diaries to get the facts than with the books that are written afterwards. Scott is a good example of someone who wrote a different story than what was in his diary."

"Also look at the Fram Museum entries (although today, 21st they have repeated yesterday's entry; In Huntford's book there is a different entry. They travelled for example 17 nm on October 21.)"

Amundsen's diary:
October 19 - Thursday
Storm last night and gale from E (16.6m/s). Av temp -19 C. No chance of getting started.
It has slackened completely this evening. Barometer flies up & down. But there is a possibility
we will be able to leave tomorrow.


"Also in the September National Geographic Magazine, Caroline Alexander's article, The Man Who Took The Prize, says October 20."








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At ExplorersWeb we wrote that Amundsen and his men left for the Pole on October 20 while Wikipedia and others have October 19 down. Which is it?
courtesy National Library of Norway, SOURCE
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