Nearly ended in her destruction

Launching the James Caird

Launching the James Caird

“The launching nearly ended in her destruction, as owing to the heavy surf rolling in, and being unballasted, she rolled almost on to her beam ends. In this unmanageable position she was carried by the rollers to within a foot of the rocks. When it seemed she must be capsized and dashed to pieces, two of the sailors were thrown into the surf, and so relieved of this top weight, she righted… Loading was accomplished by tendering with the Wills, which narrowly escaped foundering each journey…”

— Frank Hurley

About Ernest Shackleton

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