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 ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 13, 1916: It seemed as if evil forces were arrayed to torment us.”

–from Frank Hurley’s account published as “Shackleton’s Argonauts”— “It seemed as if evil forces were arrayed to torment us. No sooner was one peril overcome than another rose in its place. Streams of ice fragments, borne along by surface currents or drive by the winds, were driven to the lee side of our floe. For … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 13, 1916: It seemed as if evil forces were arrayed to torment us.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 12, 1916: “I found to my horror that instead of having approached Elephant Island. . . .”

–from Frank Worsley’s account “Endurance”— “Conditions were changing so continually that we had not yet finally decided upon our destination. Since we had started in the boats it had been impossible to get a ‘sight’ of the sun; but on the third day luckily I succeeded in doing so. Just before that Shackleton had asked … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 12, 1916: “I found to my horror that instead of having approached Elephant Island. . . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 11, 1916: “. . . we gazed spellbound on a terrifying spectacle.. . . .”

–from Frank Hurley’s account published as “Shackleton’s Argonauts”— “The dawn broke, foggy, cheerless, and sinister. A piercing wind was blowing from the north-west, bringing sleet which froze in a glassy veneer. While we were making ready to get under way, fields of pack came rapidly driving down from the north. There was no choice. Our … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 11, 1916: “. . . we gazed spellbound on a terrifying spectacle.. . . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 10, 1916: . . . for all intents and purposes we were in the open Atlantic. . . .’” –from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees—

–from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “We were now on the outskirts of the pack and proceeded to coast along the pack edge in a north-east direction. It was a grand feeling to know that for all intents and purposes we were in the open Atlantic, untrammeled by the everlasting pack that had harasses … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 10, 1916: . . . for all intents and purposes we were in the open Atlantic. . . .’” –from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees—

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, Night of April 9-10, 1916: “. . .just before 11 pm by the now-familiar cry of ‘crack!’”

–from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “Night of 9-10 April. All hands were awakened just before 11 pm by the now-familiar cry of ‘crack.’ We jumped up just in time to see, as much as it was possible to do so in the dark, the floe separate into two halves and the hear the … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, Night of April 9-10, 1916: “. . .just before 11 pm by the now-familiar cry of ‘crack!’”

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. . . .”