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”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 28 to July 5th, 1916: It seems strange not to have the howling wind, and a still hut.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “At last the wind has ceased, going down on the 30th. We spent 36 hours in our sleeping bags, chewing biscuits. On the 30th we killed a seal at Cape Armitage. From then a plentiful supply came up and now we are in the land of plenty… More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 28 to July 5th, 1916: It seems strange not to have the howling wind, and a still hut.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, June 28, 1916: “Really, we deserve to go without if we deliberately throw valuable food away lie this.”

—from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “28 June. The sea is quite calm, which is a bad omen, and what looks like a line of ice on the horizon is a worse one. A seal made quite a little pretence at trying to land. Had we a little more ammunition we should attempt to… More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, June 28, 1916: “Really, we deserve to go without if we deliberately throw valuable food away lie this.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, June 23, 1916: The day after Midwinter’s Day at Cape Wild, Elephant Island

—from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “23 June. Midwinter’s Day is a thing of the past and once more we have been hungry again. What then do we have to look forward to now? Our rescue, whenever that may be; but almost as cheering, the certainty of the sun’s return, and therefore increasingly lengthening… More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, June 23, 1916: The day after Midwinter’s Day at Cape Wild, Elephant Island

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, June 22, 1916: Midwinter’s Day at Cape Wild, Elephant Island

—from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “22 June. The great day has at last arrived and who will blame us if we abandon ourselves to an orgy of gluttony? If we are ever to be rescued, we all heartily hope it won’t be this day, or at least not until after supper tonight. Breakfast… More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, June 22, 1916: Midwinter’s Day at Cape Wild, Elephant Island