–from the diary of Sir James Wordie—
“The most anxious day we have had since the ship was crushed. Shorly after 5.0 am a crack opened not more than 5 yds S of the galley: before the half hour the Boss had called everyone to stand by. Some of the meat was on the far side of the crack and had to be brought over: other were employed getting the sledges moved farther away from the edge; then all hands hauled the boats over more to the NW.
“Then just as we turned in for breakfast a crack opened out below the ‘James Caird’ and one of the sledges: we rushed over and soon had them hauled back to safety.
“Ice thickness. Just outside our tent it is 8 ft 4 ins thick; at the crack by the galley it is over 8-1/2 ft thick. Permanent watches have commenced—r hours on and 4 hours off; by this means enough men are always available to shift a boat or sledge.
“The two remaining dog teams were shot this afternoon: the meat of the five puppies [Tom Crean’s “purps”] has been kept as a precautionary measure: the other dogs were not in too good health.”