Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 12, 1916: “. . . chartered the schooner “Emma” and equipped her for our use”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”—

“[At Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, Mr. Allan McDonald] worked day and night, and it was mainly due to him that within three days they had raise a sum of £1500 amongst themselves, chartered the schooner “Emma” and equipped her for our use. She was a forty-year-old oak schooner, strong and seaworthy, with an auxiliary oil engine.

“Out of the complement of ten men all told, who were manning the ship, there were eight different nationalities; but they were all good fellows and understood perfectly what was wanted. The Chilean Government lent us a small steamer, the “Yelcho,” to tow us part of the way. She could not touch ice, thought, as she was built of steel. However, on July 12 we passed her our tow-rope and proceeded on our way.”

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