Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 24, 1916: I never thought I should ever have to pray in earnest for ‘our daily bread.’ ”

—from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “24 July. Last night we got a splendid batch of 27 penguins, but as both bays are chock-a-block with ice, none can come up today. The Almighty has provided for us beyond our deserts. “I never thought I should ever have to pray in earnest for ‘our daily … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 24, 1916: I never thought I should ever have to pray in earnest for ‘our daily bread.’ ”

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

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 23, 1916: “. . . .unaware that you were standing on a foot-deep layer of penguin meat.”

—from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “22 July—The westerly blizzard shrieked all night but eased up at noon. East Bay is clear of ice and three penguins took advantage of it to come up. We took advantage of them to replenish our larder. If you stepped into our larder you would see nothing; you … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 23, 1916: “. . . .unaware that you were standing on a foot-deep layer of penguin meat.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 20-21, 1916: “Except for the avoidable filth, any sty would compare favourably with our shanty. That’s the truth.”

—from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “20 July: . . . . there is not one of us who would not gladly exchange places with the average English pig for his food and his nice warm sty with fresh straw. Except for the avoidable filth, any sty would compare favourably with our shanty. That’s … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 20-21, 1916: “Except for the avoidable filth, any sty would compare favourably with our shanty. That’s the truth.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 21, 1916: “. . . we were within a hundred miles of the island, and we encountered the ice. . .”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “At dawn on Friday, July 21, we were within a hundred miles of the island, and we encountered the ice in the half-light. I waited for the full day and then tried to push through. The little craft [schooner Emma] was tossing in the heavy swell, and before she had been … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 21, 1916: “. . . we were within a hundred miles of the island, and we encountered the ice. . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 12, 1916: “. . . we were left alone to attempt once more to rescue. . .”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— [on board the Emma, under tow by the Yelcho, en route to Elephant Island] “The strain on the tow-rope was too great. With the crack of a gun the rope broke. Next day the gale continued, and I will quote from the log of the ‘Emma,’ which Worsley kept as navigating … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 12, 1916: “. . . we were left alone to attempt once more to rescue. . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 18, 1916: “. . . hairs and rubbish that fall out of their bags and smoke the mixture. . .”

—from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “18 July. The balmy weather tempted some of us to take our sleeping bags out for an airing, turn them inside out and thoroughly beat and shake them. The sailors very carefully collect all the hairs and rubbish that fall out of their bags and smoke the mixture … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 18, 1916: “. . . hairs and rubbish that fall out of their bags and smoke the mixture. . .”