Monthly Archives: April 2016

Risking his life needlessly

“It is very good of him to go off like this for our benefit, but as we could quite well exist here through the winter, provided we lay in an adequate store of penguins, and made for Deception Island next … Continue reading

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In the event of my not surviving (2)

“23rd April 1916 Elephant Island Dear Sir In the event of my not surviving the boat journey to South Georgia you will do your best for the rescue of the party. You are in full command from the time the boat … Continue reading

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Supplies for the boat journey

Stores: 30 boxes of matches. 6 1/2 gallons paraffin. 1 tin methylated spirit. 10 boxes of flamers. 1 box of blue lights. 2 Primus stoves with spare parts and prickers. 1 Nansen aluminum cooker. 6 sleeping bags. A few spare … Continue reading

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The ultimate responsibility

“Shackleton had always insisted that they ultimate responsibility for anything that befell us was his and his only. But until then I had not understood the painful seriousness with which he viewed his relation to us. My view was that … Continue reading

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Those that stand meritorious

“Amongst those that stand meritorious, Sir E. has mentioned: Wild, a tower of strength who appeared as well as ever after 32 hours at the tiller in frozen clothes; Crean, who ably piloted the Wills; McNish (Carpenter); Vincent (Able Seaman); … Continue reading

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In the event of my not surviving (1)

“21st April, 1916 To whom this may concern viz. my executors assigns etc. Under is my signature to the following instructions. In the event of my not surviving the boat journey to South Georgia I here instruct Frank Hurley to … Continue reading

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In the event of my not surviving (1)

“21st April 1916 To whom this may concern viz. my executors assigns etc. Under is my signature to the following instructions. In the event of my not surviving the boat journey to South Georgia I here instruct Frank Hurley to … Continue reading

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Strong likeness to stage scenery

“[The carpenter] fitted the mast of the Stancomb Wills fore and aft inside the James Caird as a hog-back and thus strengthened the keel with the object of preventing our boat ‘hogging’—that is, buckling in heavy seas. He had not … Continue reading

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In the boat

“There is a party of 6 going to Georgia in the Caird. The party includes: Sir Ernest Skipper Creen Macnish McCarthy Vincent.” — Harry McNeish

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Add nothing to the risks

“A boat party might make the voyage and be back with relief within a month, provided that the sea was clear of ice and the boat survive the great seas. […] The hazards of a boat journey across 800 miles … Continue reading

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