Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, August 15, 1916: ” A week to-day the sun returns.”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”— “A week to-day the sun returns. I am training the puppies, but have made a mistake; that is, I should have tied them up before putting them into harness; they were frolicksome. In a week they travelled in harmony with Oscar, Gunner, and … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, August 15, 1916: ” A week to-day the sun returns.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 21st, 1916: “We have made up our minds to store large quantities of blubber in case the relief ship does not put in an appearance.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail” “All was going well until one day Richy 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 my sorrow when I heard the news. … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 21st, 1916: “We have made up our minds to store large quantities of blubber in case the relief ship does not put in an appearance.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15th, 1916: ‘It is 289 days since we left, and much snow has fallen on the Antarctic since. . . .”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “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 [Cape Evans] Hut. It is 289 days since we left, and much snow has fallen on the Antarctic since, but … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15th, 1916: ‘It is 289 days since we left, and much snow has fallen on the Antarctic since. . . .”

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, July 1915: “A pipe makes all the world akin.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”– “Many discussions have taken place re the sledging season. I have come to one conclusion, there can be no feasible solution until the Bluff Depot is laid. At least 3,000 pounds weight of stores must be sledged there before a definite plan can be arranged. We will … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 1915: “A pipe makes all the world akin.”

Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ adrift, July 1, 1915:

–quoted in Shacklton’s “South” from the log of Captain J. R. Stenhouse, adrift on the ‘Aurora’ in the Ross Sea– “July 2.–The 1st of July! Thank God. The days pass quickly. Through all my waking hours one long thought of the people at Cape Evans, but one must appear happy and take interest in the … More Shackleton’s ‘Aurora’ adrift, July 1, 1915:

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 26, 1915: Plans for sledging Shackleton’s supplies south

–from R. W. Richards’ account– [the June 26 planning discussions continued] “The estimation of the weight of provissions required for the use of the depot laying parties, and for the six men of the Trans-continental Party, was about 4,000 lb. This had to be transported initially from Cape Evans to Hut Point. Mackintosh’s sledging plans … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 26, 1915: Plans for sledging Shackleton’s supplies south

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 26, 1915: Plans for the sledging season on small resources

–from R. W. Richards’ account– [the June 26 planning discussions continued] “The meeting therefore was called to discuss how best these difficulties [the lack of food and equipment to meet the requirements of Shackleton’s overland expedition] could be overcome, and to plan the general sledging programme. “Little could be done regarding old tents and primuses. … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 26, 1915: Plans for the sledging season on small resources

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 26, 1915: “Mackintosh called a meeting for discussion of future plans. . .”

–from R. W. Richards’ account– “On 26 June Mackintosh called a meeting for discussion of future plans; of course unofficial discussions of aspects of the outlook facing us had taken place on many occasions before then. All were agreed that the one object that must be attained, no matter what else was sacrificed, was to … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 26, 1915: “Mackintosh called a meeting for discussion of future plans. . .”

June 22, 1915: Midwinter’s Day for Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party at Cape Evans

–from Kelly Tyler-Lewis’ recounting of the day in “The Lost Men: The Harrowing Saga of Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party”– “On June 21, Mackintosh rallied the group for a Midwinter’s Day party to relieve the gloom and lift spirits. With homesick intensity, the men vied for prizes in relay races and pin the tail on the … More June 22, 1915: Midwinter’s Day for Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party at Cape Evans