Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, December 8, 1915: “We launched the James Caird today. . .”

–from the diary of ship’s carpenter Harry McNeish—

“Wednesday Dec 8th. Lat 67’ 44-1/2 S Long 52-5 West Temp Plus 18 We launched the James Caird today & Loaded her with six sledge loads & 11 men about 3 tons but she will take another ton handy & be in better sailing trim.”

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