Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 17, 1915: “. . .we are all having our turn a being Peggie . . .”

–from the diary of Harry McNeish, ship’s carpenter–

“Saturday July 17th. Temp Minus 21 All hands busy clearing the decks I put up skills [?] along side the house for the timber & sledges McLeod has a job by himself now getting the ice for general use Lees is Laid up with a sprained back he was shovelling snow yesterday the first work he has done since we left London we are all having our turn a being Peggie until he recovers we had our usual Sweethearts & Wifes with songs the observation we got today makes us two miles further south than yesterday we put it down to the pressure coming of the ice as the wind is still SW but light the dog men are busy building kennels on top of the drift snow.”

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