December 25, 1914: Christmas day on the “Endurance”

–from Frank Hurley’s account “Shackleton’s Argonauts”–

“Christmas festivities afforded diversion and cheer—especially since we made an excellent run of seventy-one miles before noon. In honour of the day, the wardroom was decorated and the tablecloths were “turned”. The Christmas dinner came chiefly from tins, the menu being mock-turtle soup, whitebait, jugged hare, Christmas pudding, mince pies, dessert, and crystalized fruits.

“Some guests dropped in for a visit after dinner: A bevy of Adelie penguins came from a neighbouring lead and waddled over to contemplate the ship. Hussey entertained them from the poop with his banjo. The birds seemed to enjoy the music, and occasional expressed their feelings with croaks foe ‘Clark—clark.’ Clark was our biologist, and it amused us to hear the penguins apparently calling him. Clark, a patriotic Scot, endeavoured to entertain our little visitors with the melodies of his native highlands; but his amiable intentions failed, for when the penguins heard the bagpipes, they fled in terror and plunged back into the sea.”


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