Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, June 23, 1916: The day after Midwinter’s Day at Cape Wild, Elephant Island

—from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “23 June. Midwinter’s Day is a thing of the past and once more we have been hungry again. What then do we have to look forward to now? Our rescue, whenever that may be; but almost as cheering, the certainty of the sun’s return, and therefore increasingly lengthening … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, June 23, 1916: The day after Midwinter’s Day at Cape Wild, Elephant Island

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, aboard the ‘James Caird’ along on the way to South Georgia

–from Frank Worsley’s account ‘Endurance’— “The oars lashed outside on the decking were catching the spray and holding up masses of ice. Shackleton decided that we should have to part with all but two; so the rest of them were thrown overboard, and a trying moment it was when they splashed into the sea, for … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, aboard the ‘James Caird’ along on the way to South Georgia

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 9, 1916: “At 1 pm came the order to launch the boats. . . .”

–from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “9 April. Less swell but any amount of open water all around us. Sir Ernest spent much of the time in cogitation and finally determined to make a start in the boats. We packed up all we could carry. The floe split again during the morning and there … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 9, 1916: “At 1 pm came the order to launch the boats. . . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, November 19, 1915: “We are all getting a little restless …”

–from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “ 19 November. We are all getting a little restless and wish to be off, but we could never get the boats any great distance over the present surface, although today we moved the whaler mounted on the new sledge which the carpenter has made up from the … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, November 19, 1915: “We are all getting a little restless …”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, October 29, 1915: “Poor old ship, what a battered wreck she was.”

–from Frank Hurley’s account “Shackleton’s Argonauts”— “Early next morning, before the others were astir, Wild and I rejoined our leader, and together we went aboard the ‘Endurance.’ Poor old ship, what a battered wreck she was. All the cabins along the starboard side had closed up like the bellows of a folding camera. The alleyways … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, October 29, 1915: “Poor old ship, what a battered wreck she was.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, October 27, 1915: “The ship is doomed.”

–from Frank Hurley’s diary— “October 27. The line of pressure now assaults the ship and she is heaved to the crest of the ridge like a toy. Immense fragments are forced under the counter and wrench away the stern-post. Sir Ernest and Captain Worsley are surveying the ship’s position from the floe when the carpenter … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, October 27, 1915: “The ship is doomed.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, October 26, 1915: ” At 7 p.m. the order is given to lower the boats.”

–from Frank Hurley’s diary— “October 26th. Fine clear day. The ice in a state of turmoil all the morning subjected the ship to terrific strains. I was assisting Chips on the coffer-dam down in the shaft tunnel when the pressure set in and the creaking and groaning of timbers mingled with the pounding and scrunching … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, October 26, 1915: ” At 7 p.m. the order is given to lower the boats.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, late July 1915: “No one was allowed to leave the ship. . .”

–from Frank Hurley’s account “Shackleton’s Argonauts”– “Toward the end of July a three-day blizzard, accompanied by a heavy fall of snow, raged day and night. No one was allowed to leave the ship, except to attend to the dogs. When the wind dropped the aspect of the entire landscape had changed. A huge dump of … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, late July 1915: “No one was allowed to leave the ship. . .”

June 22, 1915: Midwinter’s Day on board the ‘Endurance’ adrift in the Weddell Sea

–from Frank Hurley’s account “Shackleton’s Argonauts”– “Our most ambitious entertainment occurred on 22 June in celebration of Mid-winter Day. A close holiday was observed. After an excellent breakfast and lunch, we partook of a ‘feast’ dinner, after which we all retired to our cubicles to dress up. I erected a stage, complete with acetylene footlights, … More June 22, 1915: Midwinter’s Day on board the ‘Endurance’ adrift in the Weddell Sea

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, June 15, 1915: Dog races

–from Thomas Orde Lees’ diary– “15-21 June. Much excitement was afforded us today by the dog drivers settling a controversy as to whose team was the fastest by putting them to the test. The start was fixed about half a mile away from the ship and the teams raced home against time. Ser Ernest acted … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, June 15, 1915: Dog races