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
While holding a book event for “When Your Life Depends on It” yesterday, I was asked to talk about some of the bad decisions that were made. A very short, unqualified answer could be: “There are no bad decisions, only bad results.” Decisions quickly made under extreme circumstances in the face of sudden unforeseen hardships … More Re: What About the Bad Decisions?
The two conferences previously mentioned (the SouthPole-sium v3 and the meeting of the Shackleton Appreciation Society) with their hopefully biennial convocations each have a social and educational value far in excess of their modest cost. Although neither—relatively informal as they are—will add much luster to your academic portfolio, you may well learn as much from … More On the Value of Informal Antarctic Conferences
–from Shackleton’s account “South”— [On board the schooner Emma, off Elephant Island] “I took the schooner south at every chance, but always the line of ice blocked the way. The engineer, who happened to be an American, did things to the engines occasionally, but he could not keep them running, and the persistent south winds … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 26, 1916: “. . . always the line of ice blocked the way”
–from Shackleton’s account “South”— [on board the Emma, under tow by the Yelcho, en route to Elephant Island] “The strain on the tow-rope was too great. With the crack of a gun the rope broke. Next day the gale continued, and I will quote from the log of the ‘Emma,’ which Worsley kept as navigating … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 12, 1916: “. . . we were left alone to attempt once more to rescue. . .”
–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “The British Admiralty informed me that no suitable vessel [for the rescue of the men marooned on Elephant Island] was available in England and that no relief could be expected before October. I replied that October would be too late. Then the British Minister in Monte Video telegraphed me regarding a … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, June 13, 1916: “. . . we sighted the peaks of Elephant Island. Hope ran high. . . .”
–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “The early part of the voyage down to Elephant Island in the “Southern Sky,” [the steam whaler chartered by Shackleton at Husvik, South Georgia, for the rescue of the marooned men] was uneventful. At noon on Tuesday May 23, we were at sea and steaming a ten knots on a south-westerly … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 28, 1916: “Heavy pack formed an impenetrable barrier.”