Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ adrift in the Ross Sea, July 13, 1915: “. . .we can only hope for the best. . .”

–the log of the ‘Aurora’ by J. R. Stenhouse, quoted by Shackleton in “South”–

“July 13—At p.m. very heavy pressure was heard on the port beam and bow (south) and very close to the ship. This occurred again at irregular intervals. Quite close to the ship the ice could be seen bending upwards, and occasional jars were felt on board. I am inclined to think we have set into a cul-de-sac and that now we will experience the full force of pressure from the south. We have prepared for the worst and can only hope for the best—a release from the ice with a seaworthy vessel under us.”

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