Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, March 7, 1915: “The afternoon was a holiday.”

–from Thomas Orde Lees’ diary–

“7 March. Everyone was at work this morning. Sir Ernest was shifting gear and laying the linoleum in the hold. Our winter home is proceeding; some cubicles are up. The afternoon was a holiday. The captain (Worsley) and Wordie (James Wordie, the geologist) went off on foot to a small berg about a mile away. I followed later on ski. Most of the route lay along the frozen lead near us and afforded fine going. We found and killed a big Weddell seal and returned to the ship and later a sledge party went out and fetched it in.”

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