What if we miss South Georgia?


“Sir E. discussed with me what we would do if thro’ lack of… observations of a heavy series of Sly gales blowing us off course, we missed S. Georgia. The prospect was not attractive. Our water, we knew, would be finished… Our food would have lasted a fortnight, but that didn’t alter the problem, if we had no water so we dropped the discussion as it was futile.”

— Frank Worsley

“They both knew that except for one or two tiny islands, the Atlantic Ocean eastward beyond South Georgia is a void all the way to South Africa, nearly 3,000 miles away. If, through a miscalculation or because of a southerly gale, they missed the island, there would be no second chance.”

— Alfred Lansing, Endurance

[image from wikipedia]

About Ernest Shackleton

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