But not for the first time, or the last, the mercurial Stefansson did the unexpected, issuing last-minute orders that they, and a third southern party member, magnetician
William McKinlay, re-board Karluk for imminent departure.
The changing position of the south magnetic pole is shown in a tabulated form and Bayliss gives acknowledgement to the New Zealand magnetician
, Coleridge Farr of Canterbury University for this work (p.64).
McKinley, who was magnetician
and meteorologist on the Karluk, amplifies what could otherwise have been a footnote in history with this account of what happened during the months that the ship drifted before being crushed by the ice and the literally chilling fight for survival afterwards, during which 11 men died.
G[lazebrook], "The First Magnetician
," Nature, 66 (10 July 1902), 249; Times Literary Supplement (London), 23 Jan.
A concluding chapter describes "Geophysical travellers" and concentrates not on geological travel, but on the worldwide perambulations of a group of dedicated magneticians
from the Carnegie Institute in Washington who operated during the first 35 years of the twentieth century.