Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, February 24, 1916: ” Our lunch half a cup of weak tea and a quarter of a biscuit.”

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

“February 24th, Thursday. Up at 4.30. Breakfast, one cup of tea and half a biscuit. Under way at 7 a.m. Weather snowing and blowing like yesterday, only worse. Had great difficulty in laying the course, on account of the heavy wind, about 60 miles an hour. Every quarter hour we were compelled to halt, our breathing short. Now and again the sledge struck a soft patch; she would stop; then came the physical force required for starting again.

“The weight of the sledge about 200 lbs. all told, with four dogs and three men [Joyce, Richards, and Hayward] to haul it, trekking only two to three miles a day. As a comparison, the same team puled 1,380 lbs. at 10 miles a day a month previously. Camped in an exhausted condition at noon. Our lunch half a cup of weak tea and a quarter of a biscuit.”

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