Category Archives: Shackleton

Goodbye

“I always feel as long as I am doing the work and getting through the fight that all is well.” — letter to Emily Shackleton *** [Upon Shackleton’s return to England and the Great War, reception was markedly… subdued. Even, … Continue reading

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Shackleton’s grave, Grytviken, South Georgia

“In the darkening twilight I saw a lone star hover Gem-like above the bay.” — Ernest Shackleton, last words in diary “I think this is as “the Boss” would have had it himself, standing lonely in an island far from … Continue reading

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A wonderful evening

“At last we came to anchor in Grytviken. How familiar the coast seemed as we passed down: we saw with full interest the places we struggled over after the boat journey… The old familiar smell of dead whale permeates everything. … Continue reading

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The fate of the crew

The Endurance: “McCarthy, the best and most efficient of the sailors, always cheerful under the most trying circumstances, and who for these very reasons I chose to accompany me on the boat journey to South Georgia, was killed at his … Continue reading

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The Ross Sea Party

A close reporting of the fate of the Ross Sea Party has been outside the scope of this narration, as Shackleton had no way of receiving news from them until some of his party had reached South Georgia, the telegraph … Continue reading

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Not a life lost and we have been through Hell.

“3rd Sept 1916 My darling, I have done it. Damn the Admiralty. I wonder who is responsible for their attitude to me. Not a life lost and we have been through Hell. Soon will I be home and then I … Continue reading

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We are like men awakened from a long sleep

“Soon we were tumbling into the boat, and the Chilean sailors, laughing up at us, seemed as pleased at our rescue as we were. Twice more the boat returned, and within an hour of our first having sighted the boat … Continue reading

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“ALL WELL”

“At last someone shouted out to Sir Ernest “are you all well…” to which he laughingly replied “Don’t we look all right now that we’ve washed” for evidently our filthy condition had not failed to attract his notice and then … Continue reading

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Cables

“Conditions this winter evidently extremely severe. Wooden steam whaler or the Discovery or sea going ice breaker only suitable vessels.” — cable from Shackleton to Ernest Perris “Urge immediate dispatch of ice breaker or Discovery. Breakers operating in White Sea … Continue reading

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Letter to Cicely Shackleton

“I am very anxious about our men for they must have so little to eat now…We are very short of water, and have not been able to wash since we left South America…but that is nothing for I had no … Continue reading

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