Antarctic sports

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09 November 1902
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Antarctic sports, 09 November 1902. From The Royal Society, NAE/6/829


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From the diary entry of Clarence Hare, the assistant steward on the Discovery, for 08/11/02 (not 09): The Antarctic Sports were held to-day, in honour of His Majesty the King’s Birthday. The morning was not very fine, so they did not commence until afternoon. At 8 a.m. the ship was ‘dressed’, a string of flags was hoisted on each mast, and a silk Union Jack (presented by Sir George Nares K.C.B.) was hoisted on Hut Point. At noon a Royal Salute was fired with 21 distress rockets. After dinner the following events were run off: toboggan race, weight putting, sledge dragging on foot (six men to a team, 200 lbs per man, half a mile), ‘Ski’ running down slope, and a tug of war. Some events have been postponed until Saturday next.
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