December 19, 1914: “It was impossible to maneuver the ship. . .”

–from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s account “South”–

“The conditions did not improve during December 19. A fresh to strong northerly breeze brought haze and snow, and after proceeding for two hours the “Endurance” was stopped again by heavy floes. It was impossible to maneuver the ship in the ice owing to the strong wind, which kept the floes in movement and caused lanes to open and close with dangerous rapidity. The noon observation showed that we had made six miles to the south-east in the previous twenty four hours. All hands were engaged during the day in rubbing shoots off our potatoes, which were found to be sprouting freely.

“We remained moored to a floe over the following day, the wind not having moderated; indeed, it freshened to a gale in the afternoon, and the members of the staff and crew took advantage of the pause to enjoy a vigorously contested game of football on the level surface of the floe alongside the ship. Twelve bergs were sighted at this time.”

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