Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 26, 1916: “. . . always the line of ice blocked the way”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— [On board the schooner Emma, off Elephant Island] “I took the schooner south at every chance, but always the line of ice blocked the way. The engineer, who happened to be an American, did things to the engines occasionally, but he could not keep them running, and the persistent south winds … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 26, 1916: “. . . always the line of ice blocked the way”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, Elephant Island, July, 1916: “July was a particularly obnoxious month.”

–from Frank Hurley’s account “Shackleton’s Argonauts”— “July was a particularly obnoxious month. The variable temperatures of early spring frayed our tempers and added to our discomforts. Warmer days were marked by increased humidity, in which we felt the cold more than the actual winter. We now experienced occasional rain, and the stronger rays of the … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, Elephant Island, July, 1916: “July was a particularly obnoxious month.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July, 1916: “The sun effects amongst the opalescent clouds. . . .”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”— “Another accident. While ski-ing down a slope [Ernest] Wild came to grief; it means a fortnight in his bunk. Weather greatly improved. The sun effects amongst the opalescent clouds are wonderful to behold, no artist could portray them.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 26, 1916: We have quite come to like, and look forward to, methylated spirts.” —from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees—

“26 July. Astounding temperature with a maximum of 36deg. We were so pleased with our capture [of a large, pregnant seal] yesterday that we celebrated it with a tot of methylated spirits [denatured alcohol] each for luncheon. We have quite come to like, and look forward to, methylated spirts. It cannot be good for one, … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 26, 1916: We have quite come to like, and look forward to, methylated spirts.” —from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees—

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 Ross Sea Party, July, 1916: “. . . . a better pal amidst toil and trouble never existed.”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”— “All was going well until one day Richy [R. W. Richards] collapsed. He threw up his arms, gave a cry, and fell down in a faint. Cope was soon to his aid; the long journey had strained his heart. No words could express … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July, 1916: “. . . . a better pal amidst toil and trouble never existed.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15, 1916: “The hut on our first entering, although black and grimy, was like a palace to us.”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”— “Our first thoughts after the sad news were for the dogs; if they were not secured there would be some severe fighting. After which, we entered the Hut. It is 289 days since we left, and much snow has fallen on the Antarctic … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15, 1916: “The hut on our first entering, although black and grimy, was like a palace to us.”