July 14, 1912: Sea Ice at Cape Evans

–from Cherry-Garrard’s account “The Worst Journey in the World”–

Sunday, 14 July.  A blizzard during the night, and after breakfast it was drifitng a lot.  While we were having service some of the men went over the camp to get ice for water.  The sea-ice had been blown out of North Bay, and the men supposed the sea was open, and would look black, but Crean tells me that they nearly walked over the ice-foot, and when it cleared later, we saw the sea as white as the ice-foot itself.  A strip of ice which was lying out in the Bay last night must have been brought in by the tide, even against a wind of some forty miles an hour.  This shows what an influence the tide and currents have in comparison with the winds, for just at this time we are having very big tides.”

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