“Spirit of Enderby” visits Mawson’s Huts
Today we had a delightful visit from the Spirit of Enderby – a ship chartered by the New Zealand company Heritage Expeditions, carrying some 60 passengers and crew, who met 8 keen-for-a-shower Mawson’s Huts teamers. Needless to say, we had a great time – showing our guests around the Huts and environs – and then being spirited away by IRB to the true wonder of hot showers and flushing toilets – and a great lunch – aboard their very nice ship. Everyone was wonderful and friendly – I was very impressed with everybody’s kindness and interest. A highlight was meeting Emlyn Thomas – Mawson’s grandson – who posed with us in this group portrait in front of the Huts whilst wearing an original balaclava worn by Mawson – he also brought Mawson’s compass with him – delightful family heirlooms and beautiful, fascinating objects in themselves. We would especially like to thank Aaron, Shirley, Callan, Natalia and Mariska for their warmth and generosity – great to meet you all!
As a bonus – if you put on some red-green anaglyphic glasses (those ones you get with 3D comics from the newsagents) – you’ll be able to see this picture in stereoscopic 3D! After our sudden influx of visitors the silence returns – but it was a welcome break amidst perfect weather.
– Peter Morse