Sir Ernest Shackleton didn’t know precisely where he would build his 1908 expedition base in Antarctica, so brought a prefabricated timber building with foundations that could be modified. Cape Royds, where his base ended up, is a mix of ancient lava flows and volcanic gravels. Not level, and with a frozen permafrost layer close to the surface. Other than the shallow piles connecting the building to the ground the main thing that stops the building being blown away in a fierce storm is its own weight, and two 18mm marine hawser cables which criss-cross over the building. Thought to be marine cable used when the Koonya towed the Nimrod partway on the voyage south from New Zealand, the cable is twisted stranded steel wire around a jute fibre core.
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