June 22, 1915: Midwinter’s Day on board the ‘Aurora’ adrift in the Ross Sea

–quoted from J. R. Stenhouse, captain of the ‘Aurora,’ in Shackleton’s account “South”–

“June 22–To-day the sun has reached the limit of his northern declination and now he will start to come south. Observed this day as holiday, and in the evening had hands aft to drink the health of the King and the Expedition. I pray to God we may soon be clear of this prison and in a position to help them. We can live now for sunlight and activity.”

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