March 13-14, 1916: The of the end of the drift of the ‘Aurora’ “We ‘spliced the main brace’”

–from Shackleton’s account “South” quoting from Captain J. R. Stenhouse—

“Early in the afternoon [of March 13] a little progress was made, with all hands standing by to fend off high ice, and at 4.50 p.m. the ‘Aurora’ cleared the main pack. An hour was spent shipping the jury rudder under the counter, and the ship moved slowly northward. There was pack still ahead, and the bergs and growlers were a constant menace in the hours of darkness. Some anxious work remained to be done, since bergs and scattered ice extended in all directions, by at 2 p.m. on March 14 the ‘Aurora’ cleared the last belt of pack in lat. 62º 27.5’ S., long. 157º 32’ E. We ‘spliced the main brace’ says Stenouse, “and blew three blasts of farewell to the pack with the whistle.’”

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