Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, March 11, 1916: “. . . a huge lead averaging a quarter of a mile wide . . .”

–from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees—

“11 March. Unusual excitement has once more stirred us from our patient vigil. Amazing developments in the ice commenced about 1pm and by 4pm a huge lead averaging a quarter of a mile wide had opened up around one side of our floe and extended north-west as far as the eye could reach. The order went forth to ‘be prepared’ and it was decided to make a start at 4am if the lead was still open, but to our intense chagrin, it began to close at 5pm and by 8pm practically nothing remained of it.”

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