August 1, 1912: Inexpressible Island

–from Raymond Priestley’s account “Antarctic Acventure”–

August 1, 1912:  Here we are at the first day of another month, and it is very satisfactory to review our position.  We are looking forward to the imminent return of the sun, and are reconciled to waiting until the end of September and crossing the Drygalski [Glacier Tongue] on our way home.  There is already light for several hours’ outdoor work when it remains fine, and, although the wind continues as strong as ever, it is far less galling now that we can see our way about, and it is only drift-carrying winds that prevent us from fetching necessaries.  We have four seals, and from now on we can look forward to the possibility of seeing a relief party any day.”

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