December 15, 1914: “Bad fortune has been our lot today”

–from Sir James Wordie’s diary published as “Polar Crusader”–

“Bad fortune has been our lot today. The going all yesterday afternoon was pretty heavy, though there were some good leads after supper; between nine and ten at night however a strong wind blew up—about 25 mph—which has blown ever since; the policy therefore has been not to advance into the ice, but merely to keep the ship head to the wind; consequently we no longer move relatively to the pack round about, but drift with it, in this case about 10 miles NW for tho’ 6 miles is the net loss. It is singularly annoying to have to remain stationary like this all day but there is no other course when the wind dies down.

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