Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, September 1915: Overhauling the ravaged gear

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”–

“Wild and I finished our furriers’ contract at last; it was an irksome job; the fur boots we handed to each and all completely satisfying them.

“We patched the three tents, making them as reliable as possible. They have seen better days and will necessitate great dare. The cookers we overhauled; they will last. The Primus lamps, three, with no spare parts, cause me great concern; they have seen service for many a day with the Scott Expedition. A Primus is the principal item of equipment on a sledging journey, it is the only means of melting ice for cooking; if it fails, it is difficult to conceive what the result would be. The sledges and harness overhauled and in good trim.”

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