Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 18, 1915: “. . . a fine morning a lovely blaze of red light on the horisone . . .”

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

“Sunday 18 July. Temp Minus 18 a fine morning a lovely blaze of red light on the horisone which had a peculiar effect on the floe making every thing look red we had a walk about 2 miles until stoped by open water the dogs had plenty of exercise we have been drifting back South this last two days but it has started to blow again from the SW so we are Homeward bound agin we have the Gramaphone going with all the latest songs before we left we have never had a religious service since the second out from Plymouth but plenty of filthy remarks as there are a few who cant speak of anything else & of course the think it makes them manly instead of Blaggards I dont see how we could have better luck than we have had; but if we are spared to get out of it I dont think there will be many volinteers for to come back.”

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