Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 19, 1916: “At about nine o’clock in the morning we had our first hot meal. . .”

–from Frank Worsley’s account ‘Endurance’—

“At about nine o’clock in the morning we had our first hot meal, having been on the march for siz hours. The only nourishment we had taken en route had been a small piece of biscuit and a chunk of Streimer’s Nut Food. After this we cooked a meal over the little Primus every four hours. Our procedure was as follows. We dug a hole in the snow with the adze, packed the bowl full of snow, lit the Primus and, placing it in the hole, Crean and I lay over it in turn to prevent the wind from blowing it out. . . .On the breast of our sweaters we had sewn a patch of blanket, and in this pocket each kept his spoon, together with other treasures such as tobacco, half a biscuit, and paper for cigarettes. . . . At our first meal, Shackleton, who was always fond of a leg-pull, said:

“’Crean, you’ve got a bigger spoon than we have!’

“’Doesn’t matter,’ said the imperturbable Crean, ‘The Skipper has a bigger mouth!’”

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