A Sunday drive brought a group of MacTown residents out to Cape Evans to see the historic hut and a few seals. Scott and his men built it before their 1912 slog to the pole - which Scott, Evans, Bowers, Wilson, and Oates didn't make it back from. The hut was also used by other expeditions including the other half of Shackleton's Endurance expedition that was supposed to meet Shackleton when he crossed the continent. Of course, Shackleton was foiled by the sea ice and had his epic voyage to get to King George Island to get a rescue party for his men, but the people waiting for him on the other end didn't know about that. They had their own share of troubles - the majority of their crew was based off of their ship, the Aurora. But there was a small party of men that lived on shore in Scott's hut. During one particularly strong storm, the two anchor lines that held the ship in the bay broke and the ship drifted north away from shore. An excerpt from the log of the AURORA, taken from the extensive account of the expedition on south-pole.com
reads, "9:45 p.m.--The ice parted from the shore; all moorings parted. Most fascinating to listen to waves and chain breaking." The anchors are still there on the shore. The ship never made it back. The men who were on shore were stranded for the entire winter without any of their provisions or even their warm clothes. Fortunately, previous expeditions (Scott's and Shackleton's) had left a fair bit of supplies behind and there were penguins and seals around to eat so most of the men survived. After going through Shackleton's hut Æneas Mackintosh, the leader of the Ross Sea Party wrote, "Over the stove in a conspicuous place we found a notice left by Scott's party that parties using the hut should leave the dishes clean". The hut itself presently has a lot of stuff left in it because when the rescue ship arrived the next spring the men didn't bother to clean things up - they were out of there as fast as they could.