Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, March 5, 1915: “The Ritz’ was an unostentatious abode . . .”

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

“The fitting and furnishing of the slightly less than six-foot cubicles was entered into in an amusing spirit of rivalry, and the relative merits of our dens, the degree of our capacity for entertainment or annoyance, and our hospitality or close-fistedness, provided matter for unending debates throughout the following months. ‘The Ritz’ was an unostentatious abode, in which one might study the anatomy of the ship—no attempt being made to disguise its strong ribs and stout timbers—but it made a snug home, and was more comfortable than a hut, though eventually we paid the same price as the man in the Bible who built his house upon sand, our abode being founded on something even less stable.”

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