A glimpse of land

“Welcome dawn and with it something even more welcome, a glimpse of land! Clarence and Elephant Islands immediately ahead some 30 miles. What a contrast to the terrors of the night. Calm and peaceful the sun rose from out the ocean, with the promised land ahead, tipping the peaks of Clarence Island, till it resembled a vast gilt pyramid, peering through the pink mists of dawn. As Elephant appeared closest, it was decided to make all speed for its shores. With a light fair breeze, the three boats made fair progress, but at noon, the breeze calming, we took to rowing. How anxiously we watched the land gradually loom closer and the details of snowy peaks assume finite detail.”

— Frank Hurley

About Ernest Shackleton

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