Wonderful, amazing, splendid

“Wonderful, amazing, splendid.

“Lat. 65°43′ South—73 miles North drift. The most cheerful good fortune for a year for us: We cannot be much more than 170 miles from Paulet. Everyone greeted the news with cheers. The wind still continues. We may get another 10 miles out of it. Thank God. Drifting still all wet in the tents but no matter. Had bannock to celebrate North of the circle.”

— Ernest Shackleton, South

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“The blizzard drift has ceased but the wind continues and an observation today reveals the glorious fact that we have drifted 84 miles north in six days!

“By this amazing leap we are now about 146 miles from Snow Hill, 153 from Paulet Island and 357 from the South Orkneys. Unfortunately we are so far to the east of Paulet Island that short of a miracle, we cannot except to drift within easy reach of it, nor reach it otherwise than by leads opening, or by our floe becoming the edge of the pack before the whole of the pack drifts north beyond the latitude of Paulet Island.”

— Thomas Orde-Lees

About Ernest Shackleton

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