The Drift of Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ in the Ross Sea, June 11, 1915: “. . . the ice is far from being monotonous. . .”

–from the log of Captain J. R. Stenhouse on board the ‘Aurora’ quoted in Shackleton’s account ‘South’–

“June 11.–Walked over to a very high pressure-ridge about a quarter of a mile north-north-west of the ship. In the dim light walking over the ice is far from being monotonous, as it is almost impossible to see obstacles, such as small, snowed-up ridges, which makes us wary and cautious. A dip in the sea would be the grand finale, but there is little risk of this as the water freezes as soon as a lane opens in the ice. The pressure-ridge is about fifteen to twenty feet high for several hundred feet, and the ice all about it is bent up in the most extraordinary manner.

“At 9 p.m. Hooke called Cape Evans, ‘All well–‘Aurora,’ etc; 10 p.m., weather reports for 8 p.m. sent to Wellington, New Zealand, and Melbourne, via Macquarie Island. (The dispatch of messages from the ‘Aurora’ was continued, but it was learned afterwards that none of them had been received by any station.)”


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