Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, August 5, 1915: “We all saw the sun for the first time. . . .”

–from Thomas Orde Lees’ diary published as “Elephant Island and Beyond”–

“5 August. Lat 71deg 41′ S. Long. 49Deg 21′ W. Temperature zero. Fine and clear. . . We all saw the sun for the first time for over three months. It has been a long but not altogether unpleasant night. Things are settling down to their normal routine once more. Nothing untoward has occurred since the eruption of Sunday last.

“It is like old times having the dogs all on board again, though they are rather noisy shipmates. Four Emperor penguins were caught today which is a fortunate thing as we are rather short of seal meat for the dogs, and do not expect to get any more seals until September.”

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