Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, January 1916: “To lose a spoon or a knife was a calamity.”

–from Frank Hurley’s account “Shackleton’s Argonauts”—

“Table furniture was of the simplest. Our tent [Hurley shared a tent with Shackleton, Hudson, and James] possessed a sheath-knife which was common property. Each man had, in addition to a tin lid which served as a plate, a spoon, either a souvenir from the ‘Endurance’ or one carved from a piece of wreckage.

“To lose a spoon or a knife was a calamity. By this time we had begun to fear a shortage of food, and rations had to be used economically. It was therefore customary to dally as long as possible over meals so that their meagerness might not be so apparent, and mental satisfaction might at least be stimulated. With a sigh the last morsel was sedulously scraped from the tin lid, and spoons were licked and put by into the indispensable pocket on the chest of the jersey.”

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s