October 29, 1914: Shackleton and the stowaway

–from Frank Wild’s unpublished memoir—

Shackleton bent down and put his own face right in front of the suspect’s. “’Do you know that on these expeditions we often get very hungry, and if there is a stowaway available he is the first to be eaten?’

“Shackleton was . . . fairly heavily built, and the boy looked him over and said, ‘They’d get a lot more meat off you, sir!’

“The Boss turned away to hide a grin and told me to turn the lad over to the bo’sun, but added, ‘Introduce him to the cook first.’ Blackborrow turned out to be a good sailor. . . and was duly signed on.”

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