Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, March 3, 1915: “. . . in the space thus made we erected a series of cubicles. . .”

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

“We began the transformation by first housing all the dogs in igloos on the ice in an extended circle round the ship—greatly to their delight. These huts were called dogloos by the men. Some tender-hearted members of the crew made straw mattresses for them, which amused the dogs immensely; they did everything to them except sleep on them.

“We next discharged all the stores and cargo from the main hold, and in the space thus made we erected a series of cubicles along both port and starboard sides, leaving room for the mess-table. The bogie for keeping up the temperature was placed near the after-end. The new quarters were christened ‘The Ritz’, and the occupants—two to each cabin, except the centre one in which Dr Macklin, McIlroy, Hussey and I were berthed—adopted such fancy names for their apartments as ‘The Anchorage’, Auld Reekie’, ‘The Knuts’, ‘The Poison Cupboard;, and our own, ‘The Billabong’.

“The ward-room was also turned into a double-ender and became ‘The Stables’, tenanted by [Frank] Wild, Crean, Marston, and Captain Worsley. Sir Ernest occupied his original cabin aft, and if the roasting bogie fell below its normal radiance—as when, for example, some luckless being mistakenly dumped into it a piece of ice instead of a lump of coal—the temperature in the immediate vicinty was raised several degrees by the heat of his comments.”

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