Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, February 5, 1916: “Fortunately we managed to salve quite a good store of tobacco. . . .”

–from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees—

“5 February. Strong southerly wind continues. Killing time in one’s tent all day is one of our principal problems. Fortunately we managed to salve quite a good store of tobacco, and weight for weight, it is little inferior in value to food; although it has no actual nourishing value, the contentment it confers is a matter of the highest importance to people placed as we presently are. It is not improbable too that it is a direct factor in saving food, as it is observable that smokers have smaller appetites as a general rule than non-smokers.

“Although many members still smoke pipes, cigarettes are increasingly popular. They are now invariably made with ordinary toilet paper. Unfortunately they waste a certain amount of tobacco which later on may come to be regretted. McIlroy is in charge of all tobacco and doles it out carefully.”

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