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 Ross Sea Party, July 15, 1916: “Once more the Great White South has taken its toll.”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”— [The men marooned at the Discovery Hut since their return from the Barrier have determined to make their way over the sea ice to return to the hut at Cape Evans] “July 15th. This turned out a beautiful calm day with full moon, … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15, 1916: “Once more the Great White South has taken its toll.”

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 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, February 10, 1916: “Wild is a brick the way he looks after the Padre.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “Up 5.30. The Padre had a better night. We massaged Mack before starting. Under way with a fair wind, but it unfortunately dropped, just as we reached a beastly surface. Sometimes hard and then sinking in up to the knees. “Poor Skipper, what agony he was enduring. … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, February 10, 1916: “Wild is a brick the way he looks after the Padre.”