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, July 15th, 1916: ‘Once more the Great White South has taken its toll.’

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail” “July 15. This turned out a beautiful calm day, temp. down to -40. Packed sledge; under way 10 o’clock. When we were opposite Inaccessible Island, it came over very dark, and on looking up to the moon found it was in eclipse. It is strange that an … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15th, 1916: ‘Once more the Great White South has taken its toll.’

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 28 to July 5th, 1916: It seems strange not to have the howling wind, and a still hut.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “At last the wind has ceased, going down on the 30th. We spent 36 hours in our sleeping bags, chewing biscuits. On the 30th we killed a seal at Cape Armitage. From then a plentiful supply came up and now we are in the land of plenty … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 28 to July 5th, 1916: It seems strange not to have the howling wind, and a still hut.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 21-28, 1916: “. . . we shall have to chop up part of the hut for fuel.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “June 21st to 28th. It seems strange the continual wind will never cease. It keeps the seals down. We have not seen one since Con’s hunting episode. We have been without fuel for 2 days, impossible to go out, one cannot see 5 yards and the wind … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 21-28, 1916: “. . . we shall have to chop up part of the hut for fuel.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 7th to June 14th, 1916: Still at the Discovery Hut, waiting for the sea to freeze. . . .

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “June 7th to June 14th. Wind ceased on the 9th, but came on again in the night. Calm on the 10th. About midday heard barking, went outside, found ‘Gunner’ and ‘Towser’ had ‘Oscar’ down; to separate them was a contract. I brought ‘Oscar’ into the hut and … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 7th to June 14th, 1916: Still at the Discovery Hut, waiting for the sea to freeze. . . .

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. “