Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, March 10, 1915: “I lived alone aft.”

–from Ernest Shackleton’s account “South”–

“The quarters in the ‘tween decks were completed by the 10th, and the men took possession of the cubicles that had been built. The largest cubicle contained Macklin, McIlroy, Hurley, and Hussey and it was named ‘The Billabong.’ Clark and Wordie lived opposite in a room called ‘Auld Reekie.’ Next came the abode of ‘The Nuts’ or engineers, followed by ‘The Sailors; Rest,’ inhabited by Cheetham and McNeish, ‘The Anchorage’ and ‘The Fumarole’ were on the other side. The new quarters became known as ‘The Ritz,’ and meals were served there instead of in the wardroom. Breakfast was at 9 a.m., lunch at 1 p.m., tea at 4 p.m., and dinner at 6 p.m. Wild, Marston, Crean, and Worsley established themselves in cubicles in the wardroom, and by the middle of the month all hands had settled down to the winter routine.

“I lived alone aft.”

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