Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, Feburary 5, 1915: “There is a good deal of open water about. . .”

–from Thomas Orde Lees’ diary–

“5 February. Our long-awaited release took place in part today. Quite suddenly the ship began to heel over when, to the delight of everybody, we saw the ice opening away on either side of the ship and in a few minutes we were in a pool of open water. Unfortunately we had no steam up and the lead which was open yesterday has closed up, but there is a good deal of open water about and we are now getting up steam.

“What has occurred is wonderful and fills us with renewed hope, except Sir Ernest, who seems to think it is premature to expect too much from this development.”

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