Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ adrift, September 5, 1915: “. . .through blinding drift and over big heaps of snow.”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”, quoting from J. R. Stenhouse’s log of the drift of the ‘Aurora’–

“September 5. — The mizzen wireless mast came down in a raging blizzard today. In the forenoon I managed to crawl to windward on the top of the bridge-house, and under the lee of the chart-house watched the mast bending over with the wind and swaying like the branch of a tree, but after the aerial had stood throughout the winter I hardly thought the masts would carry away. Luckily, as it is dangerous to life to be on deck in this weather (food is brought from the galley in relays through blinding drift and over big heaps of snow), no one was about when the mast carried away.”

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