Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 15, 1916: Peggotty Camp

–from Frank Worsley’s account ‘Endurance’— “We hoisted sail to a fine west breeze, and as the sun came out and the waters of the [King Haakon] Sound sparkled we felt very cheery indeed. . . . As we reached the head of the Sound we heard the raucaus roar of the bull sea-elephant. We hauled … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 15, 1916: Peggotty Camp

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 10, 1916: “In a few minutes we were all safe on the beach. . . .”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “The entrance was so narrow that we had to take in the oars, and the swell was piling itself right over the reef into the cove; but in a minute or two we were inside, and in the gathering darkness the ‘James Caird’ ran in on a swell and touched the … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 10, 1916: “In a few minutes we were all safe on the beach. . . .”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 10, 1916: “We set the bows of the boat towards the bay and ran before the freshening gale.”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “The night wore on. We longed for day. When at last the dawn came on the morning of May 10 there was practically no wind, but a high cross-sea was running. We made slow progress toward the shore. About 8 a.m. the wind backed to the north-west and threatened another blow. … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 10, 1916: “We set the bows of the boat towards the bay and ran before the freshening gale.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 9, 1916: “. I think most of us had a feeling that the end was very near.”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “There was nothing for it but to haul off until morning, and so we stood away on the starboard tack until we had made what appeared to be a safe offing. At 5 a.m. the wind shifted to the northwest and quickly increased to one of the worst hurricanes any of … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 9, 1916: “. I think most of us had a feeling that the end was very near.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 8, 1916: “The job was nearly done.”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”— “The morning of May 8 broke thick and stormy, with squalls from the north-west. We searched the waters ahead for a sign of land, and though we could see nothing more than had met our eyes for many days, we were cheered by a sense that the goal was near at … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 8, 1916: “The job was nearly done.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 6. 1916: “. . . . it was the best that I could do.”

[aboard the ‘James Caird’ along on the way to South Georgia] –from Frank Worsley’s account ‘Endurance’— “On the thirteenth day we were getting nearer to our destination. If we made the tragic mistake of passing it we could never retrace our way on account o the winds and currents, it therefore became essential that I … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 6. 1916: “. . . . it was the best that I could do.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, aboard the ‘James Caird’ along on the way to South Georgia

–from Frank Worsley’s account ‘Endurance’— “The oars lashed outside on the decking were catching the spray and holding up masses of ice. Shackleton decided that we should have to part with all but two; so the rest of them were thrown overboard, and a trying moment it was when they splashed into the sea, for … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, aboard the ‘James Caird’ along on the way to South Georgia