Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, February 3, 1915: “. . .a stock of seal-meat during these days of waiting”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”–

“We were accumulating gradually a stock of seal-meat during these days of waiting. Fresh meat for the dogs was needed, and seal-steaks and liver made a very welcome change from the ship’s rations aboard the ‘Endurance.’ Four crab-eaters and three Weddells, over a ton of meat for dog And man, fell to our guns on February 2, and all hands were occupied most of the day getting the carcasses back to the ship over the rough ice. We rigged three sledges for man-haulage and brought the seals about two miles, the sledging parties being guided among the ridges and pools by semaphore from the crow’s nest. . . .

“A crack about four miles long opened in the floe to the stern of the ship on the 3rd. The narrow lane in front was still open, but the prevailing light breezes did not seem likely to produce any useful movement in the floe.”

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