Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 21-28, 1916: “. . . we shall have to chop up part of the hut for fuel.”

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

“June 21st to 28th. It seems strange the continual wind will never cease. It keeps the seals down. We have not seen one since Con’s hunting episode. We have been without fuel for 2 days, impossible to go out, one cannot see 5 yards and the wind is from 30 to 70 miles an hour. If we cannot get out tomorrow, the temperature being so low, as we have not warmth we shall have to chop up part of the hut for fuel.”

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