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    Re: Transcription of Worsley's Log
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 2009 Mar 25, 18:14 -0700

    Gentlemen
    
    First, a public apology to George.  I used his name on-list without consulting 
    him.  I won't do it again.  I thought, from our off-list conversations, we 
    agreed that while Point Wild (and Wild Camp) was the clearly obvious location 
    for the observation, we could never be 100% certain.  Even if such agreement 
    was to be had off list, it was not a matter for public consumption.  Again, 
    George, my apologies.
    
    As to the overland journey to Cape Belsham: HA!  If any member of the list 
    thinks this would have been a simple jaunt in the park, one only has to read 
    the first hand accounts of any antarctic land journey during this era.  What 
    adversity to face under such incredibly grueling conditions.  Very, very 
    unlikely.  George has rendered an exquisite description of what that 
    undertaking might be.  I thought I said that in the earlier post too, just 
    not nearly as eloquently.
    
    As to my use of the word "all", I seem to be in error again.  What I was 
    saying is that any given person looks at a chart and sees a labeled location. 
     That is where the label is, so that is where the location is.  Simple.  
    Okay, not "all", but the generic "everyman" or maybe even just "Brad".  
    
    To Frank's question about the departure, the text in the transcript is the 
    text in the log.  It doesn't sound like the text you have requested.  I have 
    held nothing back in the transcription.  To save effort,it states:  "No obs 
    for Lat cd be obtained + long of Cape Belsham being only opportunity knowing 
    it is, allow 1 minute + 4 sec more slow = 11min55sec"  And just down a line 
    or two "Took departure from Wild Camp in 'James Caird' at 11 / 12.  Steered 
    NNE 8m  then E1m to a break in the stream ice here being E+W." 
    
    As to the Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition, that 
    description fits Cape Valentine on the modern chart.  Thanks for that Frank, 
    it lends some support to my current tentative hypothesis.  Where oh where is 
    Cape Belsham?
      
    Further, there are three small peninsulas (capes, points, etc) in that small 
    region of Elephant Island.  The map from the 1970's expedition, recently on 
    the list, has Cape Belsham in the middle of the three, with Point Wild to the 
    east.  I note that Chart 29104 has Cape Belsham on the westernmost of the 
    three, with Point Wild in the middle. I just noticed this, in my review of 
    the maps for this post. Henry's memory was correct, there is modern 
    disagreement over the locations and positions.
     
    So, really, just where is Cape Belsham?  Cape Belsham appears to be located 
    precisely in the eye of the beholder.
    
    Best Regards
    Brad
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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