Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 10, 1916: “We set the bows of the boat towards the bay and ran before the freshening gale.”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”—

“The night wore on. We longed for day. When at last the dawn came on the morning of May 10 there was practically no wind, but a high cross-sea was running. We made slow progress toward the shore. About 8 a.m. the wind backed to the north-west and threatened another blow. We had sighted in the meantime a big indentation that I thought must be King Haakon Bay, and I decided that we must land there. We set the bows of the boat towards the bay and ran before the freshening gale. Soon we had angry reefs on either side. Great glaciers came down to the sea and offered no landing-place. The sea spouted on the reefs and thundered against the shore. About noon we sighted a line of jagged reef, like blackened teeth, that seemed to bar entrance into the bay. Inside, comparatively smooth water stretched eight or nine miles to the head of the bay. A gap appeared, and we made for it.”

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