Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, February 24, 1915: “The ship ceased to be ‘nautical vessel’ . . .”

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

“Although we had known our fate for some time, it was not till the end of February that it was officially admitted. We were ice-bound, and on the 24th all hands were formally put off ship’s routine. New forms of duty were allotted to each man. In alphabetical order we took turns as night watchmen, coming on duty from eight p.m. until eight a.m., and being responsible for the safety of the ship, the keeping up of the bogie-fire, and the taking of meteorological observations. The ship ceased to be ‘nautical vessel’ and became practically a shore station.”

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