Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 10, 1916: “In a few minutes we were all safe on the beach. . . .”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”—

“The entrance was so narrow that we had to take in the oars, and the swell was piling itself right over the reef into the cove; but in a minute or two we were inside, and in the gathering darkness the ‘James Caird’ ran in on a swell and touched the beach. . . In a few minutes we were all safe on the beach, with the boat floating in the surging water just off the shore. We heard a gurgling sound that was sweet music to our ears, and, peering around, found a stream of fresh water almost at our feet. A moment later we were down on our knees drinking the pure ice-cold water in long draughts that put new life into us. It was a splendid moment.”

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