Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ January 29, 1915: “We are still stuck solid.”

–from Thomas Orde Lees’ diary–

“We are still stuck solid. This happened to previous explorers in this region—the Weddell Sea—to both Bruce and Filchner. The former just managed to escape quite late in the season, but he was much further north—off Coats Land. Filchner got stuck fast about 200 miles north of us but in nine months drifted nearly 600 miles north and was able to reach South Georgia. It certainly seems not improbable that we may remain in the ice-field in which we are now incarcerated. If this be the case, we shall almost certainly drift north, emerging about this time next year near South Georgia.

“Sir Ernest says he will not return to England except via the Pole and the Ross Sea, but one fails to see how he can get to land in the early part of next summer if the ship is drifting all the time. Even now it would be a matter of very great difficulty to sledge any gear for 20 miles over the hummock ice and over stretches of open water which probably intervene between us and the land, and it would be out of the question to get the hut and all our provisions ashore. . . .”


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