June 22, 1915: Midwinter’s Day for Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party at Cape Evans

–from Kelly Tyler-Lewis’ recounting of the day in “The Lost Men: The Harrowing Saga of Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party”–

“On June 21, Mackintosh rallied the group for a Midwinter’s Day party to relieve the gloom and lift spirits. With homesick intensity, the men vied for prizes in relay races and pin the tail on the donkey. Afterward, they settled in for an elaborate meal of tinned beef tongue and plum pudding, drowned with a tatter of holly left by Scott’s men. Gaze, nicknamed ‘the local millionaire’ for his hoard of tobacco, produced his tin and, to universal astonishment, a bottle of Scotch. ‘I could not have wished a more pleasant day in these parts,’ observed Mackintosh with satisfaction as the morose group gradually came to life.”

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