Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 12, 1916: “. . . we were left alone to attempt once more to rescue. . .”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”—

[on board the Emma, under tow by the Yelcho, en route to Elephant Island]
“The strain on the tow-rope was too great. With the crack of a gun the rope broke. Next day the gale continued, and I will quote from the log of the ‘Emma,’ which Worsley kept as navigating officer. ‘9 a.m. —Fresh, increasing gale, lumpy sea. 10 a.m. —Tow-rope parted. 12 noon. Similar weather. 1 p.m. —Tow-rope parted again. Set foresail and forestay-sail and steered sout-east by south. 3 p.m. — ‘Yelcho’ hailed us and said that the ship’s bilges were full of water (so were our decks) and they were short of coal. Sir Ernest told them that they could return to harbor. After this the ‘Yelcho’ steamed into San Sebastian Bay.” After three days of continuous bad weather we were left alone to attempt once more to rescue the twenty-two men on Elephant Island, for whom by this time I entertained very serious fears.”

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