Puttin’ on ‘The Ritz’

Belowdecks, converted to winter quarters.

“The temperature went down to zero again and it really feels much more comfortable, for a rise up to 20deg means virtually a thaw on board. All the passages etc. begin to drip water and all leakages in one’s cabin, which have long since frozen up, thaw out and form little pools all over the place. We have been hard at work clearing the snow drifts away from around the ship, as the weight of the snow tends to make the floe sink and might even drag down the ship with it.”

— Thomas Orde-Lees

About Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.
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