Shackleton’s “Aurora” adrift in the Ross Sea, July 23, 1916: ““I thank God that we have been spared through this fearful nightmare.”

–from the log kept by Captain Stenhouse—

“July 23.—“Caught glimpse of Coulman Island through haze. . . . eighty miles off Coulman Island. Pressure continued intermittently throughout the day and night, with occasional very heavy squeezes to the ship which made timbers crack and groan. The ship’s stern is now in a more or less soft bed, formed of recently frozen ice about one foot in thickness.

“I thank God that we have been spared through this fearful nightmare. I shall never forget the concertina motions of the ship during yesterday’s and Wednesday’s fore and aft nips.”

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