Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 21-28, 1916: “. . . we shall have to chop up part of the hut for fuel.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “June 21st to 28th. It seems strange the continual wind will never cease. It keeps the seals down. We have not seen one since Con’s hunting episode. We have been without fuel for 2 days, impossible to go out, one cannot see 5 yards and the wind … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 21-28, 1916: “. . . we shall have to chop up part of the hut for fuel.”

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 Ross Sea Party, May12, 1916: The fate of these foolish people we do not know. “

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “Blizzard-bound until the 12th, when we took a trek to the north, following in the Skipper’s trail, which was visible. Discovered it led to the north-west and open water. The fate of these foolish people we do not know. “Shall not proceed to the north until the … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, May12, 1916: The fate of these foolish people we do not know. “

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, May 8, 1916: “. . .the Antarctic Region is a harsh mistress.“

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— During breakfast on the 8th, the Skipper [Mackintosh] asked me what I thought about him going to Cape Evans, with Hayward, who volunteered to accompany him. . . . I told him we would have a blizzard within two hours and advised him not to attempt it. … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, May 8, 1916: “. . .the Antarctic Region is a harsh mistress.“

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, March 22-April 5, 1916: “Patients [Mackintosh and Hayward] recovering rapidly.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “Wednesday, March 22nd to April 5th. I have been allowing my log to go off on account of practically nothing to write up except the same old daily routine [at the Discovery Hut, while waiting for the sea ice to freeze over and permit a return to … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, March 22-April 5, 1916: “Patients [Mackintosh and Hayward] recovering rapidly.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, March 16, 1916: “We are nothing but a bag of bones.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “March 16th, Thursday. Turned out in the dark about 4.30. We had a cold uncomfortable night, being wet with perspiration from our long trek [“20 miles—our record”] yesterday. It is remarkable how one perspires in these cold temperatures. We are nothing but a bag of bones, very … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, March 16, 1916: “We are nothing but a bag of bones.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, March 11-14, 1916: “No words can express our feelings on going up the ice foot to the old hut. . . .”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account ‘The South Polar Trail’— [The party comes at last to the ‘Discovery’ hut at Hut Point.] “Under way at 10.30. Rounded the Cape [Armitage], found the ice slushy, therefore treacherous. Continued on. No turning back now. Reached hard ice shortly after, eventually arriving at Hut Point about 3 o’clock. No words … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, March 11-14, 1916: “No words can express our feelings on going up the ice foot to the old hut. . . .”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, March 9, 1916: “he had already passed along the road to the Great Unknown.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “March 9th, Thursday. Had a distracting night. Temperature down below -30. Poor Padre was groaning with pain. In the medical chest there appears to be little to relieve him. He was anxious to know the time. When Wild said 4 a.m., he remarked “Have you lost your … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, March 9, 1916: “he had already passed along the road to the Great Unknown.”

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.”