Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 18, 1916: “We turned in early that night, but sleep did not come to me.”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “The carpenter [Harry McNeish] started making a sledge for use on the overland journey. The materials at his disposal were limited in quantity and scarcely suitable in quality. We overhauled our gear on Thursday, May 18, and hauled our sledge to the lower edge of the snouted glacier. Worsley and Crean … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 18, 1916: “We turned in early that night, but sleep did not come to me.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, February 26, 1916: ” After Richards sighted the depot, Hayward collapsed.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “February 26th, Saturday. Just before 3 a.m. Richy sighted the depot. The visibility made it appear immediately on top of us; in reality it was three quarters of a mile away. . . After Richards sighted the depot, Hayward collapsed. We put him on the sledge. He … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, February 26, 1916: ” After Richards sighted the depot, Hayward collapsed.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, January 12, 1916: “Built a large cairn with 4 flags. Latitude 81ºS. “

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “January 12, Wednesday. Up 5.30. Under way as usual. Although it is snowing, it is worth while to make the effort. Towards 10.30 my eyes troubled me, my sight had vanished. I was compelled to ask the Skipper to steer. Lunch. Distance 4 miles 1,100 yards. Once … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, January 12, 1916: “Built a large cairn with 4 flags. Latitude 81ºS. “

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, December 29, 1915: “. . . instead of forging ahead we retired half a mile. . . .”

–from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees– “29 December. After a further reconnoiter, Sir Ernest pronounced the ice ahead to be quite un-negotiable and so at 8.30pm yesterday, to the intense disappointment of all, instead of forging ahead we retired half a mile to get on to stronger ice, and by 10pm we had turned … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, December 29, 1915: “. . . instead of forging ahead we retired half a mile. . . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, December 27, 1915: “We did a good march of 1 ½ miles last night. . . .”

–from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees– “We did a good march of 1 ½ miles last night before camping for luncheon at 1am today, and thereafter continued over easy flat floes and rather hummocky country for another mile until 5am, when we camped by a little sloping berg. I climbed the berg and saw … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, December 27, 1915: “We did a good march of 1 ½ miles last night. . . .”