January 8, 1915: The “Endurance” seeks a way south, but with but little luck.

–from Sir Ernest Shacklton’s account, “South”–

“The noon position on January 8 was lat. 70º 0′ S., long. 19º 09′ W. We had made 66 miles in a northeasterly direction in the preceding twenty-four hours. The course during the afternoon was east-south-east through loose pack and open water, with deep hummocky floes to the south. Several leads to the south came into view, but we held on the easterly course. The floes were becoming looser, and there were indications of open water ahead. The ship passed not fewer than five hundred bergs this day, some of them very large.”


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