Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 17, 1916: “Then came a hard pull for life, hugging the land and making less than a foot at a time.”

–from the diary of Sir James Wordie— “Great was our joy to hear that Wild had found a decent camping place about 6 miles to the W—apparently the only possible place they saw. . . . “All hands were called to lash up and stow about 5.0 a.m. on Monday 17th. The three boats were … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 17, 1916: “Then came a hard pull for life, hugging the land and making less than a foot at a time.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 15, 1916: “. . . we made for a promising little beach. . . .”

–from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “About 3am the moon rose and some diffused light penetrated. Only twice during the night, and after repeated efforts, did we succeed in keeping matches alight long enough under the tent cloth to see the little compass, and so enable Captain Worsley to verify his course and wind. … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 15, 1916: “. . . we made for a promising little beach. . . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 14, 1916: “Morning came at last.”

–from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “Morning came at last. About 4am, the storm abated and a glorious glow of crimson mauve flashed up on the eastern horizon and presently the sun itself peeped over the brink of the water in all his golden splendor, and so began the finest day we had had … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 14, 1916: “Morning came at last.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 8, 1916: “. . . Clarence Is. is much clearer today. . .”

–from the diary of Sir James Wordie— “8 April. . 62º 6’ S., 53º 49’ W. Since yesterday WSW winds have prevailed: the position is disappointing as the current seems to be carrying us rapidly eastwards [that is, away for Elephant and Clarence Islands, the only likely landfalls]. “In spite of that Clarence Is. is … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 8, 1916: “. . . Clarence Is. is much clearer today. . .”

April 15, 1916: A last night in the boats before landing on Elephant Island

–Excerpt from “In the Boats” Chapter Eight, “Hold Fast: Tom Crean with Shackleton”– The wind was a help, but sunset found the men of the Wills too exhausted to manage the sail. She was again taken in tow by the Caird. As the night came on, the weather turned for the worse, and furious squalls … More April 15, 1916: A last night in the boats before landing on Elephant Island