Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, Elephant Island, July, 1916: “July was a particularly obnoxious month.”

–from Frank Hurley’s account “Shackleton’s Argonauts”—

“July was a particularly obnoxious month. The variable temperatures of early spring frayed our tempers and added to our discomforts. Warmer days were marked by increased humidity, in which we felt the cold more than the actual winter. We now experienced occasional rain, and the stronger rays of the sun thawed the snow that had become heaped around our hut. Our floor, a mosaic of pebbles laid in penguin guano, became slushy and malodorous. I awoke one night from a dream of falling through a crevice into the sea, and found my hand in water, which was inches deep and rising.”

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