As Good as Your Word: Promises made to be kept

Promises and commitments are the outward signs of mutual trust between parties, a shared understanding, and a bargain to be upheld at each end. A contract, if you will, whether written and signed, or verbal and committed over a handshake, to terms large and detailed involving the exchange of vast sums of money, or as … More As Good as Your Word: Promises made to be kept

Shackleton’s “Aurora” adrift in the Ross Sea, July 22, 1916: “. . . . made final preparations for abandoning ship.”

–from the log kept by Captain Stenhouse— “July 22.—Ship in bad position in newly frozen lane, with bow and stern jammed against heavy floes; heavy strain with much creaking and groaning. 8 a.m.—Called all hands to stations for sledges, and made final preparations for abandoning ship. Allotted special duties to several hands to facilitate quickness … More Shackleton’s “Aurora” adrift in the Ross Sea, July 22, 1916: “. . . . made final preparations for abandoning ship.”

April 3, 1916: Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ lands in New Zealand, 312 days after being carried away from Cape Evans

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “Stenhouse displayed throughout fine seamanship and dogged perseverance. He accomplished successfully one of the most difficult voyages on record, in an ocean area notoriously stormy and treacherous. On March 23 he established wireless communication with Bluff Station, New Zealand, and o the next day was in touch with Wellington and Hobart. … More April 3, 1916: Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ lands in New Zealand, 312 days after being carried away from Cape Evans

March 13-14, 1916: The of the end of the drift of the ‘Aurora’ “We ‘spliced the main brace’”

–from Shackleton’s account “South” quoting from Captain J. R. Stenhouse— “Early in the afternoon [of March 13] a little progress was made, with all hands standing by to fend off high ice, and at 4.50 p.m. the ‘Aurora’ cleared the main pack. An hour was spent shipping the jury rudder under the counter, and the … More March 13-14, 1916: The of the end of the drift of the ‘Aurora’ “We ‘spliced the main brace’”

The Drift of Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’, February 12-14, 1916: “The ship was floating now amid fragments of floe, and bumping considerably in the swell. . . .”

–from Shackleton’s account ‘South’— “The break-up of the floe came on February 12. Strong northeast to southeast winds put the ice in motion and brought a perceptible swell. The ship was making some water, a foretaste of trouble to come, and all hands spent the day at the pumps, reducing the water from three feet … More The Drift of Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’, February 12-14, 1916: “The ship was floating now amid fragments of floe, and bumping considerably in the swell. . . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ Adrift, mid-January 1916: “. . . the ‘Aurora’ still lay in the ice. . . .”

–adapted by Shackleton from the log of Captain J. R. Stenhouse of the ‘Aurora’— “The middle of January was passed and the ‘Aurora’ still lay in the ice. The period of continuous day was drawing towards its close, and there was appreciable twilight at midnight. A dark water-sky could be seen on the northern horizon. … More Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ Adrift, mid-January 1916: “. . . the ‘Aurora’ still lay in the ice. . . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ adrift, January 7, 1915: “Stenhouse was economizing in food.”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “At the end of the first week in January the ship was in lat. 65º 45’ S. The pack was well broken a mile from the ship, and the ice was rolling fast. Under the bows and stern the pools were growing and stretching away in long lanes to the west. … More Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ adrift, January 7, 1915: “Stenhouse was economizing in food.”

The drift of Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ December, 1915: “..the grip of the pack was inexorable. . .”

“The floes were becoming soft and ‘rotten,’ and walking was increasingly difficult. Deep pools of slush and water covered with shin snow made traps for the men. Stenhouse thought that a stiff blizzard would break up the pack. His anxiety was increasing with the advance of the season, and his log is a record of … More The drift of Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ December, 1915: “..the grip of the pack was inexorable. . .”

The Drift of Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ November 23, 1915: “Land was seen at 8 a.m. . . .”

–from the daily journal of Captain J. R. Stenhouse, quoted in Shackleton’s ‘South— “November 23. –At 3 a.m. Young Island, Balleny Group, was seen bearing north 54º east (true). The island, which showed up clearly on the horizon, under a heavy stratus-covered sky, appeared to be very far distant. By latitude at noon we are … More The Drift of Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ November 23, 1915: “Land was seen at 8 a.m. . . .”

Shackleton’s “Aurora” adrift, October 7, 1915: “. . . still, it can be done. . . “

–from the log of J. R. Stenhouse, quoted by Shackleton in “South”— “October 7.—As time wears on the possibility of getting back to the Barrier deserves consideration; if we do not get clear until late in the season we will have to turn south first, although we have no anchors and little moorings, no rudder … More Shackleton’s “Aurora” adrift, October 7, 1915: “. . . still, it can be done. . . “