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Two of Rymill's dogs
Title : Two of Rymill's dogs Two of Rymill's dogs
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Creator : Rymill, John, 1905-1968
Source : Southern lights; the official account of the British Graham land expedition, 1934-1937, opposite p. 202
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Chatto and Windus
Date of creation : 1936
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Rymill took dogs from both Greenland and Labrador with the expedition. He had worked with both breeds in Greenland and northern Canada and was aware of the different attributes the two breeds could bring to sledge work. However distemper killed many of them before they reached Antarctica. More dogs were bred successfully in Graham Land.

The dog teams were a vital component of the expedition and Rymill and his men lavished attention on them, building a strong affinity with their teams. As pups were born to replace the lost dogs these were carefully raised and when old enough and strong enough their training as harness animals began. Rymill had seen both the fan trace and the centre trace used successfully in the Arctic, and was also aware that use of these was dependent on the terrain. He was always adaptive about the use of either method. This followed through from his general adaptability: he was always prepared to alter plans as conditions dictated.

Rymill's expedition used a Fox Moth aeroplane for aerial surveys, and the dog teams enabled ground surveys to complete this work. The aeroplane was a vital part of expedition planning, as with it they were able to gain knowledge of the terrain ahead of them.

Coverage year : 1934-37
Place : Antarctica
Further reading :

Rymill, John, Southern lights; the official account of the British Graham land expedition, 1934-1937, ... London: Chatto and Windus, 1938

Bechervaise, John, Arctic and Antarctic: the will and the way of John Riddoch Rymill Huntingdon [England]: Bluntisham Books, 1995

Huskies in harness: a love story in Antarctica [edited by] Shelagh Robinson Kenthurst, N.S.W.: Kangaroo Press, 1995

Bertram, Colin and Stephenson, Alfred Archipelago to peninsula: a presentation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British Graham land Expedition 1934-37 to Western Antarctica in Geographical journal vol. 151 (2) July 1985 pp. 155-167

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