March 2-7, 1912: Filchner driven away from land, away from Vahsel Bay

–from an abbreviated report by Wilhelm Filchner, on the results of his Antarctic expedition–

“By March 2, however, Captain Vahsel considered the position of the ship dangerous and he favored taking her as soon as possible to the open sea.  Director Filchner finally decided to return north to winter in South Georgia and attempt another landing in 1913.

“On the morning of March 4  accordingly began the return with heavy hearts.  We found open water, occasionally streaked with new ice.  The course led along the coast of the new found land.  From March 5, new ice constantly impeded our progress, and so the course was directed more to the north.  Although the ship sailed on March 6 under full steam and, at times, with all sails set, only three miles were covered.  On March 7 we dynamited the ice without much success.  On the following night the first ice pressure occurred.  And so the struggle went on.”

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