Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 21, 1916: “. . . we were within a hundred miles of the island, and we encountered the ice. . .”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “At dawn on Friday, July 21, we were within a hundred miles of the island, and we encountered the ice in the half-light. I waited for the full day and then tried to push through. The little craft [schooner Emma] was tossing in the heavy swell, and before she had been … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 21, 1916: “. . . we were within a hundred miles of the island, and we encountered the ice. . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 20, 1916: “We had touched the naked soul of man.”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “At 1.30 p.m. we climbed a final ridge and saw a little steamer, a whaling-boat, entering the bay 2500 ft. below. A few moments later, as we hurried forward, the masts of a sailing-ship lying at a wharf came in sight. Minute figures moving to and fro about the boats caught … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 20, 1916: “We had touched the naked soul of man.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 20, 1916: “It was the first signal of civilization that we had heard for nearly two years.”

–from Frank Worsley’s account ‘Endurance’— “At dawn we reached the top of another great transverse range. Looking over the dark waters of Fortuna Bay, some thousands of feet below us, and beyond two distant mountains, we recognized the Z-shaped stratification that told us Stromness Bay was in that direction. Seven o’clock came, and we listened … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 20, 1916: “It was the first signal of civilization that we had heard for nearly two years.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 19, 1916: “And we were in a solitude never before broken by man.”

–from Frank Worsley’s account ‘Endurance’— “When we attained the crest of the second pass and again looked down, we found the conditions almost as bad as at the first. The beauty of the scene only intensified the iron of our position. In front of us stretched a truly magnificent view: the exquisite purity of Alpine … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 19, 1916: “And we were in a solitude never before broken by man.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 19, 1916: “At about nine o’clock in the morning we had our first hot meal. . .”

–from Frank Worsley’s account ‘Endurance’— “At about nine o’clock in the morning we had our first hot meal, having been on the march for siz hours. The only nourishment we had taken en route had been a small piece of biscuit and a chunk of Streimer’s Nut Food. After this we cooked a meal over … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 19, 1916: “At about nine o’clock in the morning we had our first hot meal. . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 18, 1916: “We turned in early that night, but sleep did not come to me.”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “The carpenter [Harry McNeish] started making a sledge for use on the overland journey. The materials at his disposal were limited in quantity and scarcely suitable in quality. We overhauled our gear on Thursday, May 18, and hauled our sledge to the lower edge of the snouted glacier. Worsley and Crean … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 18, 1916: “We turned in early that night, but sleep did not come to me.”