Monthly Archives: January 2013


The combination of the heavy boats and the soft surface require the men to pull at an angle almost parallel to the traces.

Posted in Images

Lares and Penates

“Holes had been dug in the snow for the reception of private letters and little personal trifles, the Lares and Penates of the members of the Expedition, and into the privacy of these white graves were consigned much of sentimental … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized

Hussey’s Zither Banjo

Now in the collection of the Royal Museums of Greenwich: “Wood, skin and metal zither banjo, inlaid with mother of pearl which belonged to Dr L.D.A. Hussey, the meteorologist on ‘Endurance’. The banjo was rescued from the ship before she … Continue reading

Posted in Images

Tangible Mementos

“I rather grudged the two pounds allowance per man, owing to my keen anxiety to keep weights at a minimum, but some personal belongings could fairly be regarded as indispensable. The jounrey might be a long one, and there was … Continue reading

Posted in Shackleton


Hoosh is a stew made of pemmican*, crushed biscuit, and what fresh meat as can be caught, all mixed and heated through with water. In a pinch, hoosh is just pemmican and boiled water. In an even tighter pinch, serve … Continue reading

Posted in Images, Other Voices

The ice moves majestically

“The floes grind stupendously, throw up great ridges, and shatter one another mercilessly. The ridges, or hedgerows, marking the pressure lines that border the fast diminishing pieces of smooth floe ice, are enormous. The ice moves majestically, irresistibly.” — Ernest … Continue reading

Posted in Shackleton


Image | Posted on by

The plan: we will make an attempt to move

“This plan [of camping on a floe] would avoid the grave dangers we are now incurring of getting entangled in impassable pressure ridges and possibly irretrievably damaging the boats, which are bound to suffer in rough ice; it would also … Continue reading

Posted in Shackleton

Doubts about the plan

“[We should] camp on the nearest flat berg… & await the outward drift of pack & berg to open water. This would save the grave dangers we are now incurring of getting entangled in impassable pressure…or…having the floe split under … Continue reading

Posted in Other Voices

A spot of bother about tea

“It was pleasant to know that their minds were untroubled, but I thought the time opportune to mention that the tea would be the same for all hands and that we could be fortunate if two months later we had … Continue reading

Posted in Images, Shackleton