Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, August 17, 1915: “. . .we had passed over the edge of the Weddell Sea plateau. . .”

–from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s account ‘South’–

“The remaining days of August were comparatively uneventful The ice around the ship froze firm again and little movement occurred in our neighbourhood. The training of the dogs, including the puppies, proceeded actively, and provided exercise as well as occupation. The drift to the north-west continued steadily. We had bad luck with soundings, the weather interfering at times and the gear breaking on several occasions, but a big increase in the depth showed that we had passed over the edge of the Weddell Sea plateau. . .

“A sounding on the 17th gave 1676 fathoms, 10 miles west of the charted position of Morell Land. No land could be seen from the mast-head, and I decided that Morell Land must be aded to the long list of Antarctic islands and continental coasts that on close investigation have resolved themselves into icebergs.”

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