Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 23, 1916: “That night we lay off the ice in a gale, hove to . . .”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”—

“That night we lay off the ice in a gale, hove to [about 108 miles offshore from Elephant Island] , and morning found the schooner [Emma] iced up. The ropes, cased in frozen spray, were as thick as a man’s arm, and if the wind had increased much we would have had to cut away the sails, since there was no possibility of lowering them. Some members of the scratch crew were played out by the cold and the violent tossing. The schooner was about seventy feet long, and she responded to the motions of the storm-racked sea in a manner that might have disconcerted the most seasoned sailors.”

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