Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, March 22-April 5, 1916: “Patients [Mackintosh and Hayward] recovering rapidly.”

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

“Wednesday, March 22nd to April 5th. I have been allowing my log to go off on account of practically nothing to write up except the same old daily routine [at the Discovery Hut, while waiting for the sea ice to freeze over and permit a return to the main base at Cape Evans]. Patients [Mackintosh and Hayward] recovering rapidly. It is miraculous how they have progressed. The enormous amount of seal meat and the exercise ‘weather permitting,’ have brought them through. Richy has spent many hours in massaging them. This relieved their hard-bound muscles. Richards and Wild are still doing good work, sealing. They have brought in 10 since we have been back. The dogs love going sealing, although a peculiar trait about them is, that they will not touch the flesh whilst one is killing, but wait until the meat is frozen before eating it. Everything is going along fine.”


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