Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS

Montage of images and link description. Alone on the Ice Imagemap: linked to kids and home
The Film and More
Imagemap(text links below) of menu items
The American Experience
The Film & More
Interview Transcripts | Further Reading

Stevenson Corey on: His Desire to go to Antarctica
Stevenson Corey Q: Why was it important for you to go to Antarctica?

SC: Well, it was the nature of a challenge to me, at my age, a young fellow, casting around and at that time, the Depression, I thought it might be adventuresome and I thought I'd see if I could be accepted as a member of the party. I didn't want to just go down to the ice on the ship, I wanted to be member of the ice party and stay for the year.

Q: Were you at all motivated about the mission or doing it for Admiral Byrd or you just want to go and have an adventure.

SC: It was a result of a personal desire to do something that many people do not do.

Q: You did ask at one point, Norman Vaughan, if you could go and what did he say to you?

SC: Now, the first contact was with Norman Vaughan, I'd knew that he worked for NWA of the advertising people. And I went into his office, in Boston, to meet him and to tell him of my desire to go on the trip and did he have any suggestions, as to what I should or should not do. And, we discussed it in general terms and as I left his office and went out the door, he says you'll never make it - you're too small. As I went through that inwardly infuriated me, and as I went through the door, I turned around and said, I'll be there.

Q: Can you tell me the story of walking up the gang plank and how you ended up making yourself indispensable to the expedition.

SC: Well, the day we left the Navy yard to head for the Antarctic, was one of the happiest days of my life. I was achieving something that I was trying to do, partially, at least I was a member of the party. My ultimate goal was to be member of ah the ice party and as we walked up the gang plank, I was holding in each hand a big pile of records, records that indicated what we had received, from whom we'd received them, and what they were. I got half way up the gang plank and Czegka and Byrd had just gone up the gang plank, ahead of me, which meant that I was the last man to board the ship and as we got half way up the gang plank, I called up and I said, hey Vic. And, he turned around and I held up in each hand, the pile of records and I let them go into Boston Harbor. And, he didn't say anything and Byrd of course didn't know what I had done and then I continued up the gang plank and when I got up to Czegka, he says, what the hell did you do that for? I said, you're going to take me, you're going to cross me up - you need me.

back to Interview Transcripts | next

Program Description | Enhanced Transcript | Reference

The Film & More | Special Features | Timeline | Maps | People & Events | Teacher's Guide
The American Experience | Kids | Feedback | Search | Shop | Subscribe

©  New content 1999 PBS Online / WGBH

Exclusive Corporate Funding is provided by: