Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15, 1916: “Once more the Great White South has taken its toll.”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”— [The men marooned at the Discovery Hut since their return from the Barrier have determined to make their way over the sea ice to return to the hut at Cape Evans] “July 15th. This turned out a beautiful calm day with full moon, … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15, 1916: “Once more the Great White South has taken its toll.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 21st, 1916: “We have made up our minds to store large quantities of blubber in case the relief ship does not put in an appearance.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail” “All was going well until one day Richy collapsed. He threw up his arms, gave a cry, and fell down in a faint. Cope was soon to his aid: the long journey had strained his heart. No words could express my sorrow when I heard the news. … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 21st, 1916: “We have made up our minds to store large quantities of blubber in case the relief ship does not put in an appearance.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15th, 1916: ‘It is 289 days since we left, and much snow has fallen on the Antarctic since. . . .”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “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 [Cape Evans] Hut. It is 289 days since we left, and much snow has fallen on the Antarctic since, but … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15th, 1916: ‘It is 289 days since we left, and much snow has fallen on the Antarctic since. . . .”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15th, 1916: ‘Once more the Great White South has taken its toll.’

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail” “July 15. This turned out a beautiful calm day, temp. down to -40. Packed sledge; under way 10 o’clock. When we were opposite Inaccessible Island, it came over very dark, and on looking up to the moon found it was in eclipse. It is strange that an … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15th, 1916: ‘Once more the Great White South has taken its toll.’

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 7th to June 14th, 1916: Still at the Discovery Hut, waiting for the sea to freeze. . . .

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “June 7th to June 14th. Wind ceased on the 9th, but came on again in the night. Calm on the 10th. About midday heard barking, went outside, found ‘Gunner’ and ‘Towser’ had ‘Oscar’ down; to separate them was a contract. I brought ‘Oscar’ into the hut and … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 7th to June 14th, 1916: Still at the Discovery Hut, waiting for the sea to freeze. . . .

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 4, 1916: “. . . the last two teams were shot two days ago. . . .”

–from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “4 April. As fuel is so scarce, we have had to resort to melting ice for drinking water in tins against our bodies, i.e., in between the layers of our clothing, and we treat the tins of dog pemmican for breakfast similarly, by keeping them in our sleeping … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 4, 1916: “. . . the last two teams were shot two days ago. . . .”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, March 6, 1916: “Same old slog, digging out dogs and sledges.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “March 6th, Monday. Up 5.30. Under way 9.20. Same old slog, digging out dogs and sledges. Fair wind, set sail, picked up32-mile outer depot, 11 o’clock. Luched 12.30. Under way at 2 o’clock. The wind eased in the afternoon, which caused very heavy work. It is a … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, March 6, 1916: “Same old slog, digging out dogs and sledges.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, February 23, 1916: “It causes one to think and say, ‘What is the good of it all?

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “February 23rd, Wednesday. We decided, although it is still blizzarding, to get under way. At the same time it seems our best plan to eat the last of our Bovril emergency, which we have kept so religiously these last 6 days for the big final effort. I … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, February 23, 1916: “It causes one to think and say, ‘What is the good of it all?

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, February 10, 1916: “Wild is a brick the way he looks after the Padre.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “Up 5.30. The Padre had a better night. We massaged Mack before starting. Under way with a fair wind, but it unfortunately dropped, just as we reached a beastly surface. Sometimes hard and then sinking in up to the knees. “Poor Skipper, what agony he was enduring. … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, February 10, 1916: “Wild is a brick the way he looks after the Padre.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, February 2, 1916: “The venture was entirely successful”

–from Frank Hurley’s account “Shackleton’s Argonauts”— “Observations showed that the distance between our old Ocean Camp and our new Patience Camp had decreased from ten miles to six, owing to the shuffling of the ice floes. Since it was still light all night, Crean and I with the dogs left camp at one a.m. to … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, February 2, 1916: “The venture was entirely successful”