Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 15, 1916: Peggotty Camp

–from Frank Worsley’s account ‘Endurance’—

“We hoisted sail to a fine west breeze, and as the sun came out and the waters of the [King Haakon] Sound sparkled we felt very cheery indeed. . . . As we reached the head of the Sound we heard the raucaus roar of the bull sea-elephant. We hauled the boat ashore and, after four hour’s hard work, got her up against a rocky face, turned her upside down, sheltered her by building her round with turf and stones, and christened her ‘Pegotty camp.’ This was to be our home until we could cross South Georgia. . . .Shackleton, Crean and I were becoming feverishly anxious to leave this uninhabited coast and cross the unexplored land. Our thoughts were constantly with the men whom we had left eight hundred miles away, and it was all-important that we should obtain help quickly from Stromness Bay, where the principal whaling stations of the east coast were situated.

“We sheltered under the upturned boat for three more days, which brought us to the ninth day after landing.”

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