As Good as Your Word: Promises made to be kept

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

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, 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, 1916: “. . . . a better pal amidst toil and trouble never existed.”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”— “All was going well until one day Richy [R. W. Richards] 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 … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July, 1916: “. . . . a better pal amidst toil and trouble never existed.”

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, 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. . . .