Shackleton’s “Aurora” adrift in the Ross Sea, July 22, 1916: “. . . . made final preparations for abandoning ship.”

–from the log kept by Captain Stenhouse—

“July 22.—Ship in bad position in newly frozen lane, with bow and stern jammed against heavy floes; heavy strain with much creaking and groaning. 8 a.m.—Called all hands to stations for sledges, and made final preparations for abandoning ship. Allotted special duties to several hands to facilitate quickness in getting clear should the ship be crushed. Am afraid the ship’s back will be broken if the pressure continues, but cannot relieve her.

“2 p.m.—Ship lying easier. Poured sulphuric acid on the ice astern in hopes of rotting crack and relieving pressure on stern post, but unsuccessfully. Very heavy pressure on and around ship (taking strain fore and aft on starboard quarter). Ship jumping and listing badly.

“12 p.m.—Ship in safer position; lanes opening in every direction.”

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