Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition February 9, 1915. “a string of pools and a passable lead beyond. . . .”

–from Sir James Wordie’s diary–

“9 February. A thick fog all morning and a cloudy afternoon prevented any observations being taken. Only a small strip of pack ice seemed to separate us from a string of pools and a passable lead beyond.

“Steam was got up accordingly and an attempt made to get out of the pool in the afternoon, but it failed; we found great difficulty in breaking even the four day old ice of the pool in which we were lying; then we butted the thick pack, but with little apparent effect and finally gave up when it was seen that the lead had closed.”

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