Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 5, 1915: Slow drift north

–from Sir James Wordie’s diary–

“5 April. After much waiting we got a position yesterday: 79º 9′ S., 37º 50′ W. The northerly course was somewhat disappointing, but not unexpected, looking to the series of nearly equal soundings. Yesterday’s soundings, eg was 250 fms. Today’s 245 and previously we had 264, 262, and 256; obviously we have been drifting N just on the edge of what is possibly a continental shelf. The day, in spite of the sun, was the coldest we have had -22º below zero.

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