Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, March 2, 1915: “. . . all hand were employed in clearing out the ‘tween decks. . .”

–from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s account “South”–

“The month of March opened with a severe north-easterly gale. Five Weddells and two crab-eaters were shot on the floe during the morning of March 1, and the wind, with fine drifting snow, sprang up while the carcasses were being brought in by sledging parties. The men were compelled to abandon some of the blubber and meat, and they had a struggle to get back to the ship over the rough ice in the teeth of the storm.

“This gale continued until the 3rd, and all hand were employed in clearing out the ‘tween decks, which was to be converted into a living- and dining-room for the officers and scientists. The carpenter erected in this room the stove that had been intended for use in the shore hut, and the quarters were made very snug.

“The dogs appeared indifferent to the blizzard. They emerged occasionally from the drift to shake themselves and bark, but were content most of the time to lie, curled into tight balls, under the snow. One of the old dogs, Saint, died on the night of the 2nd, and the doctors reported that the cause of death was appendicitis.”

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