Monthly Archives: April 2016

How we shall count the days

“Six proven veterans, seasoned by the salt & experience of the Sea. The distance to… South Georgia is 700 miles, 700 miles of wintry sea, the most tempestuous zone of the oceans. The Caird is an excellent sailer, & guided … Continue reading

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Goodbye to the James Caird

“With a final wave of the hand, and three squawky cheers from us and the penguins, Sir Ernest and his crew set off on their perilous voyage. We watched them until they were out of sight, which was not long, … Continue reading

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Nearly ended in her destruction

“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 … Continue reading

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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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