The drift of Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’, March 4-5, 1916: “. . . the ‘Aurora,’ with banked fires, rolled and bumped heavily.”

–from Shackleton’s account “South” drawn from the log of J. R. Stenhouse—

“No advanced was made on March 4 and 5. A moderate gale from the east-north-east closed the ice and set it in motion, and the ‘Aurora,’ with banked fires, rolled and bumped heavily. Seventeen bergs were in sight, and one of the was working southwards into the pack and threatening to approach the ship. During the night the engines were turned repeatedly by the action of the ice on the propeller blades.

“’All theories about the swell being non-existent in the pack are false,’ wrote the anxious master [Stenhouse]. ‘Here we are with a suggestion only of open water-sky, and the ship rolling her scuppers under and sitting down bodily on the floes.’”

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