An interesting item appears in the Polar Times, November 1939 (page 10):
"SLEDGE, MUSEUM PIECE HAULS FOOD IN BLIZZARD.
Dunedin, N.Z., July 26 (AP)- A sledge that has been in a museum for twenty-six years was used today to carry food to a radio station isolated by the worst snowstorm in Dunedin's history. The rescuers got within a quarter of a mile of the station, on a hill above the city, and were met by the station staff.
Capt. Robert Falcon Scott originally used the sledge on an expedition to the South Pole."
I wonder whether that sledge is back in the museum in Dunedin. Do any of you know? Have any of you seen it?
I also wonder whether any curator or museum director would allow such a thing to happen in this day and age. Think of the paperwork! The committees! The policy considerations! It would be spring by the time the sledge could be released--if at all.
I have a few more historic sledges in my data base; I'll leave those to other episodes.