1- 8 Ladies dance RSh round their corners, dance RH across ending in centre
9-16 Ladies dance LSh round their partners, dance LH across and back to places
17-24 Men dance RSh round their partners, dance RH across ending in centre
25-32 Men dance LSh round corners, dance LH across and back to places
33-40 1s and 3s turn partners RH 1¼ times, Men followed by partners dance out between side couples and back to places (1M through 4s and 3M through 2s)
41-48 1s+3s dance R&L
49-56 2s and 4s turn partners RH 1¼ times, Men followed by partners dance out between side couples and back to places (2M through 1s and 4M through 3s)
57-64 2s+4s dance R&L
65-72 Ladies dance in turning right about to dance out, cast clockwise to opposite Lady's place
73-80 Men dance in turning left about to dance out, cast anticlockwise to opposite places
81-88 All turn partners RH 1¼ times into prom hold, Promenade anticlockwise ½ way round to original places
(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
William Bruce (see Lady Catherine Bruce's Reel) led the first Scottish Antarctic expedition in 1902-4, aboard the good ship Scotia. On 7 March 1904, when in the Weddell Sea, they ran into a blizzard and were trapped by pack-ice. While they were stuck there, the crew passed the time investigating the effect of music on penguins! A bagpiper lashed a penguin to his leg then played different styles of music to see if they affected the penguin differently! Apparently not: presumably the unfortunate bird thought all these sounds equally excruciating... History doesn't relate if it was then eaten for dinner!
On 12 March, a crack opened up in the ice, and the Scotia and her crew were able to escape. Why Goldring chose this story for his title, I don't know. Nor do I detect in the figures he chose for the dance any references to the predicaments of either the Scotia or the long-suffering penguin!