Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 1, 1916: “Life was not so bad after all.”

–from Ernest Shackleton’s account “South”—

“. . . .we were cheered by a change for the better in the weather. The wind dropped, the snow-squalls became less frequent, and the sea moderated. . . .The sun came out bright and clear, and Worsley got a snap for longitude.. . . . Porpoises came blowing round the boat, and Cape pigeons wheeled and swooped within a few feet of us. . . We reveled in the warmth of that day. Life was not so bad after all.”

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