Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, February 27, 1915: One more week’s provisions for Shackleton, if he should cross the continent. . . .

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”–

“February 27th. Our 80º south depot still in sight. From there we decided to take one week’s provisions, leaving 7 days’ provisions, 14 days’ biscuits and oil for Shackleton, if he should cross the continent. Poor Mack, he is feeling the strain. We went across to the depot, [Ernest] Wild remaining to lay out the sleeping bags; they may dry somewhat as the sun is shining. Old King Sol being out makes a heap of difference to the dogs; they seem to be more cheerful and incidentally, we are the same. It seems hard after depot-ing stores to rob them again. The dogs cause me grave concern, although they were cheerful this morning, the bark which they greet me with at feeding-time has gone. I examined them thoroughly, and can only put it down to weakness.”

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