Sardines on toast


“My turn to night watch. The duties of the night watch are to keep the Ritz bogie glowing, the Stables roasting, and the Boss’s, which is right aft, at an equable temperature. The latter is a difficult job, as the Boss’s room is but a small cabin. The temperature within is either 90° or well below freezing, according to the vicissitudes of the wind, which greatly influence the bogie draught. Sir Ernest’s temper reciprocates with the room temperature. The night watch also arouses his friends, and they sit in quorum around the bogie fire, discoursing in subdued whispers, and partaking of the night watchman’s homage, to wit, sardines on toast, (a great favourite) grilled biscuit and cocoa or tea. Frequently, a special ‘perk’, reserved for the occasion, is produced, and the visitors, termed ghosts, are appreciative…”

— Frank Hurley

About Ernest Shackleton

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