Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, November 28, 1915: “It seems practically certain that we will leave the floe. . . in three boats.”

–from the diary of Sir James Wordie—

“28 November. It seems practically certain that we will leave the floe, when the day comes, in three boats. Provisionary crews (11, 9, 8) have been made out and the boats already christened ‘James Caird’ (Whaler). ‘Dudley Docker’ and ‘Stancomb Wills’ (Cutters) –three of the chief subscribers to the expedition.

“The Boss and Wild are in charge of the whaler, which since the carpenter [McNeish] has strengthened it, can now hold 4 tons; it is the flagship and has just had a mizzen added. Worsley and Greenstreet take the second boat and Hudson and Crean the third; the latter may or may not be taken all the way.”

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