Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 8, 1916: “The job was nearly done.”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”—

“The morning of May 8 broke thick and stormy, with squalls from the north-west. We searched the waters ahead for a sign of land, and though we could see nothing more than had met our eyes for many days, we were cheered by a sense that the goal was near at hand. About 53n 0’clock that morning we passed a little bit of kelp, a glad signal of the proximity of land. An hour later we saw two shags sitting on a big mass of kelp, and knew that we must be within ten or fifteen miles of the shore. . . . We gazed ahead with increasing eagerness, and at 12.30 p.m., through a rift in the clouds, McCarthy caught a glimpse of the black cliffs of South Georgia, just fourteen days after our departure from Elephant Island. . . .The job was nearly done.”


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