Shackleton’s “Endurance” January 10, 1915: Orde-Lees looks forward to explorers one century hence in 2015

–from the diary of Thomas Orde-Lees, motor mechanic on board “Endurance”–

“I do wish sometimes, that I could just pop home for an hour or two as easily in the flesh as in the spirit. No doubt the explorers of 2015, if there is anything left to explore, will not only carry their pocket wireless telephones fitted with wireless telescopes, but will also receive their nourishment and warmth by wireless. . . . and also their power to drive their motor sledges, but, of course, there will be an aerial daily excursion to both poles then, & it will be the bottom of the Atlantic, if not the centre of the earth, that will form the goal in those days.”


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