Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, Elephant Island, July 28, 1916: “Smoking mixtures are the order of the day. . . .”

—from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “28 July. Wild has fixed up a very ingenious little glass window into the canvas sheet beside his bunk so as to have more light to read by. It consists of the 6n square glass and mahogany frame of a chronometer box. It is cleverly sewn in. “Smoking … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, Elephant Island, July 28, 1916: “Smoking mixtures are the order of the day. . . .”

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 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, 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. “

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, March 9, 1916: “he had already passed along the road to the Great Unknown.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “March 9th, Thursday. Had a distracting night. Temperature down below -30. Poor Padre was groaning with pain. In the medical chest there appears to be little to relieve him. He was anxious to know the time. When Wild said 4 a.m., he remarked “Have you lost your … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, March 9, 1916: “he had already passed along the road to the Great Unknown.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, March 6, 1916: “Same old slog, digging out dogs and sledges.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “March 6th, Monday. Up 5.30. Under way 9.20. Same old slog, digging out dogs and sledges. Fair wind, set sail, picked up32-mile outer depot, 11 o’clock. Luched 12.30. Under way at 2 o’clock. The wind eased in the afternoon, which caused very heavy work. It is a … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, March 6, 1916: “Same old slog, digging out dogs and sledges.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, February 23, 1916: “It causes one to think and say, ‘What is the good of it all?

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “February 23rd, Wednesday. We decided, although it is still blizzarding, to get under way. At the same time it seems our best plan to eat the last of our Bovril emergency, which we have kept so religiously these last 6 days for the big final effort. I … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, February 23, 1916: “It causes one to think and say, ‘What is the good of it all?

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.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, January 26, 1916: “Shackleton’s party will have to depend upon this depot for their lives.”

—from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “Before dinner I decided to take the depot up Mt. Hope, Wild and Hayward accompanying me. Arrived at the summit. I picked out a place, which would be impossible to miss coming from the south. Left depot lashed to a broken sledge, with bamboos lashed to a … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, January 26, 1916: “Shackleton’s party will have to depend upon this depot for their lives.”