Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ beset in the Ross Sea, August 6, 1915: “What a day of delights

–from J. R. Stenhouse’s log, quoted in Shackleton’s account “South”–

“August 6.–The wind moderated towards 6 a.m., and about breakfast time, with a clear atmosphere, the land form near Cape Cotter to Cape Adare was visible. What a day of delights! After four days of thick weather we find ourselves in sight of Cape Adare from a position about forty-five miles east of Possession Isles; in this time we have been set one hundred miles. Good going.

“Mount Sabine, the first land seen by us when coming south, lies away to the westward, forming the highest peak (10,000 ft.) of a majestic range of mountains covered in eternal snow. Due west we can see the Possession Islands, lying under the stupendous bluffs of Cape Downshire, which shows large patches of black rock. The land slopes down to the north-west of Cape Downshire, and rises again into the high peninsula about Cape Adare.

“We felt excited this morning in anticipation of seeing the sun, which rose about nine-thirty (local time). It was a glorious, joyful sight. We drank something, and with very light hearts gave cheers for the sun.”

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