Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 8, 1916: “. . . Clarence Is. is much clearer today. . .”

–from the diary of Sir James Wordie—

“8 April. . 62º 6’ S., 53º 49’ W. Since yesterday WSW winds have prevailed: the position is disappointing as the current seems to be carrying us rapidly eastwards [that is, away for Elephant and Clarence Islands, the only likely landfalls].

“In spite of that Clarence Is. is much clearer today: very steep ice slopes seem to prevail, but the sumit of the island is dome shaped. Those who were out also saw Elephant Island bearing N14 W to N21 W: the Skipper counted no less than ten mountain tops.

“The pack is much looser today: a very heavy swell in the forenoon.”

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