Shackleton’s “Endurance” January 22, 1915: “We were utterly powerless to extricate the vessel.”

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

“The rising slopes of the inland ice came clearly into view on the 22nd, about twenty miles to the south. We were in a desperate predicament. The ice packs were rapidly freezing together, and we were utterly powerless to extricate the vessel. There was nothing to do bu wait patiently for a southerly wind, in the hope that it might scatter the pack. Only two hours’ steaming through open water, and we could win through to our destination.”

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