Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15th, 1916: ‘It is 289 days since we left, and much snow has fallen on the Antarctic since. . . .”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail” “Our first thoughts after the sad news were for the dogs; if they were not secured there would be some severe fighting. After which, we entered the [Cape Evans] Hut. It is 289 days since we left, and much snow has fallen on the Antarctic since, but … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15th, 1916: ‘It is 289 days since we left, and much snow has fallen on the Antarctic since. . . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 12, 1916: “. . . we were left alone to attempt once more to rescue. . .”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— [on board the Emma, under tow by the Yelcho, en route to Elephant Island] “The strain on the tow-rope was too great. With the crack of a gun the rope broke. Next day the gale continued, and I will quote from the log of the ‘Emma,’ which Worsley kept as navigating … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 12, 1916: “. . . we were left alone to attempt once more to rescue. . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 18, 1916: “. . . hairs and rubbish that fall out of their bags and smoke the mixture. . .”

—from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “18 July. The balmy weather tempted some of us to take our sleeping bags out for an airing, turn them inside out and thoroughly beat and shake them. The sailors very carefully collect all the hairs and rubbish that fall out of their bags and smoke the mixture … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 18, 1916: “. . . hairs and rubbish that fall out of their bags and smoke the mixture. . .”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15th, 1916: ‘Once more the Great White South has taken its toll.’

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail” “July 15. This turned out a beautiful calm day, temp. down to -40. Packed sledge; under way 10 o’clock. When we were opposite Inaccessible Island, it came over very dark, and on looking up to the moon found it was in eclipse. It is strange that an … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15th, 1916: ‘Once more the Great White South has taken its toll.’

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 15, 1916: “Quite an alarming occurrence took place today.”

—from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “15 July. Quite an alarming occurrence took place today. An immense chunk, as big as a church, long pending from the glacier, fell off with a report like several bursts of thunder. It raised a mighty wave quite 40ft high, which made straight for our hut and would … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 15, 1916: “Quite an alarming occurrence took place today.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 14, 1916: “Biscuit is so precious that one cannot afford to lose it. . . .”

—from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “14 July. The temperature dropped to 19deg during the night and it is about as nastily cold and damp as it can be, and as dull. But the cold has, by freezing, dried up the interior of the hut, for during the floor fairly ran with water amongst … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 14, 1916: “Biscuit is so precious that one cannot afford to lose it. . . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 12, 1916: “. . . chartered the schooner “Emma” and equipped her for our use”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “[At Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, Mr. Allan McDonald] worked day and night, and it was mainly due to him that within three days they had raise a sum of £1500 amongst themselves, chartered the schooner “Emma” and equipped her for our use. She was a forty-year-old oak schooner, strong and seaworthy, … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 12, 1916: “. . . chartered the schooner “Emma” and equipped her for our use”