Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, May12, 1916: The fate of these foolish people we do not know. “

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”—

“Blizzard-bound until the 12th, when we took a trek to the north, following in the Skipper’s trail, which was visible. Discovered it led to the north-west and open water. The fate of these foolish people we do not know.

“Shall not proceed to the north until the 13th of June (full moon), that is, if the sea-ice is bearable. Seals and biscuits are our diet. [Ernest] Wild and Richy reading their books for the third time. What we would not give for a pipe of tobacco! The luxury of a wash and a bath is a thing of the past.”

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