Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, December 7, 1915: “The dogs have proved their worth.”

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

“December 7th, Tuesday. Up at 6 o’clock. Under way as usual. Sighted Safety Camp 9.30. [Joyce’s sledging party had restocked the depot at Minna Bluff with additional supplies, and departed for Hut Point December 3]. Arrived lunch time. Under way 2 o’clock. Arrived Hut Point 4.10.

“Decided to give party a good spell. Advised them to eat as much seal meat as possible. This should increase our physical force for the strenuous days ahead. The last party out will not return her, until the end of March. Our clothing and finneskoes are in a very dilapidated condition, our socks are patched with canvas. The dogs have proved their worth. Rich is looking after them splendidly,”

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