The Drift of Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ November 23, 1915: “Land was seen at 8 a.m. . . .”

–from the daily journal of Captain J. R. Stenhouse, quoted in Shackleton’s ‘South—

“November 23. –At 3 a.m. Young Island, Balleny Group, was seen bearing north 54º east (true). The island, which showed up clearly on the horizon, under a heavy stratus-covered sky, appeared to be very far distant. By latitude at noon we are in 66º 26’ S. As this is the charted latitude of Peak Foreman, Young Island, the bearing does not agree. Land was seen at 8 a.m. bearing south 60º west (true). This, which would appear to be Cape Hudson, loomed up through the mists in the form of a high, bold headland, with low undulating land stretching away to the south-south-east and to the westward of it.

“The appearance of this headland has been foretold for the last two days by masses of black fog, but it seems strange that land so high should not have been seen before, as there is little change in the atmospheric conditions.”


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