Message from the Aurora


24 March 1916: Wireless message from the Aurora, Shackleton’s Ross Sea ship, received in Australia:

Joseph Stenhouse

Joseph Stenhouse

“Hull severely strained. Ship released from ice March 14th … drift 500 miles … Wireless appeals for relief ship sent during winter no acknowledgment. Ship proceeding Port Chalmers, New Zealand. Jury rudder no anchors short of fuel.”

Joseph Stenhouse (First Mate, Aurora)

“It was the first news of Shackleton’s expedition, either branch, since its departure in 1914.”

— Roland Huntford, Shackleton

About Ernest Shackleton

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