Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15, 1916: “The hut on our first entering, although black and grimy, was like a palace to us.”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”—

“Our first thoughts after the sad news were for the dogs; if they were not secured there would be some severe fighting. After which, we entered the Hut. It is 289 days since we left, and much snow has fallen on the Antarctic since, but not sufficient for us to have a bath—there does not seem any hope for that luxury yet.

“The hut on our first entering, although black and grimy, was like a palace to us. Stevens soon had a meal prepared. After which we had a talk over the conditions. I found Cope had not been well, poor chap. It is hard to be laid up, especially in the way we are situated, there being no comforts for a sick man. Stevens and Jack had kept the Meteorological Observations going the whole time, which is good work.

“Next day took and inventor of stores, found that some of the items with care would last 18 months. I do not think that it is possible to carry through any more sledging; all the equipment is too dilapidated.”

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