Scott’s Antarctic diaries posted on Twitter

The diary of Antarctic explorer Captain Scott is being posted on Twitter.

The Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge plans to release the diaries daily in the usual 140-character posts, chronicling the ill-fated expedition in real time, as it happened 99 years ago.

“By republishing the entries as a daily blog, we hope to give the reader new insights into the scale and scope of Scott’s experience,” it says.

The expedition started out with everything in apple-pie order.

The first entry, written in New Zealand on November 26 1910, reads: “We advertised our start at 3pm, and at three minutes to that hour the Terra Nova pushed off from the jetty. A great mass of people assembled.”

The diary ends on 29 March 1912, when all five of the explorers died just 11 miles from a stash of food and fuel.