Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, March 23, 1916: “At last we have really sighted the land. “

–from the diary of Sir James Wordie—

“23 March. . 63º 15’5’ S., 53º 29’ W. At last we have really sighted the land. The honour belongs to the Boss, who sighted it in the west about 8.30 am. What we saw was a dark mass, very far off, whose surface one would describe as very uneven: clouds covered its highest part: two white patches were visible, perhaps glaciers on an otherwise rocky land.

“At 3.0 pm the Boss came running into camp, shouting that all Joinville Land was in sight. It was so—a mountain range bearing W ½ N to W by N. Not seen for long as cloud soon came down, but of its existence positively no doubt.”

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