Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, December 25, 1915: “Wished all hands the very best.”

“Christmas Day. ‘On the Barrier.’ All days are the same in these regions. Up at 5.30. Wished all hands the very best. Dug out camp. Under way at 8 o’clock. Going similar to that of yesterday—sinking in up to the knees in places. Lunched at noon. Under way at 1. A peculiar feature, everyone has been talking of good things, especially tobacco. I notice that no one has mentioned a bath or clean clothes, things of the past. There is no conversation on the trek, everyone’s time is occupied in pulling. Camped 5.45. Distance 8 ¾ miles. About five miles off the depot. Blizzard sprang up 9.30.”


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