Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, September 1915: “. . . there were now only four dogs left. . . .”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”–

“Mackintosh had discussed plans fully with the members of his party. He considered that sufficient sledging provisions were available at Cape Evans, the supply landed from the ship [before she had gone adrift] being supplemented by the stores left by the Scott expedition of 1912-1913 and the Shackleton Expedition of 1907-1909.

“The supply of clothing and tents was more difficult. Garments brought from the ship could be supplemented by old clothing found at Hut Point and Cape Evans. The Burberry wind-proof outer garments were old and in poor order for the start of a season’s sledging. Old sleeping-bags had been cut up to make finneskoe (fur boots) and mend other sleeping-bags. Three tents were available, one sound one landed from the ‘Aurora’, and two old ones left by Captain Scott.

“Mackintosh had enough sledges, but the experience of the first journey with the dogs had been unfortunate, and there were now only four dogs left. They did not make a full team and would have to be used merely as an auxiliary to man haulage.”


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