Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ adrift, August 17, 1915: “A glorious day!”

–from J. R. Stenhouse’s log on board the ‘Aurora” beset in the ice and drifting in the Ross Sea–

“August 17. A glorious day! Land is distinctly visible, and to the northward the black fringe of water-sky over the horizon hangs continuously. Hooke heard Macquarie Island ‘speaking’ Hobart. The message heard was the finish of the weather reports. We have hopes now of news in the near future.”

[Stenhouse of course was unaware that the ‘Endurance’ was also beset and drifting, on the far side of the Antarctic continent.]

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