October 26, 1914: The eve of departure for the “Endurance” and her men

–from Shackleton’s diary–

“It is wonderful how after all we have got everything on board and our 69 dogs are safely bound in kennels on the upper deck. All the work of preparation is now over; all the strain is finished and now comes the actual work itself. As I stood tonight at nine and looked over the calm sea and upwards at the great stars blazing in velvet sky my mind flew forward to the unknown ways and the lonely trails as yet awaiting the feet of men and I wondered how our little party now playing mouth organs, banjos and mandolines would work and fare in the long dark days to come; the fight will be good.”

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