“ALL WELL”

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“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 we burst into a hearty laugh which was followed… by the rowers as soon as they saw what he was laughing at, then like silly school-girls, we all started giggling and looking at each other’s black faces.”

— Thomas Orde-Lees

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They might not have seen us

“We had the fear that those on board… might not have seen us. The terrible thought crept into our minds that we would then be left on Elephant Island to die, for by this time we could not have held out for more than a few days.”

—Leonard Hussey

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Ship O

“Whilst the party were in [the hut] at lunch Marston & I were without shelling limpets, when I called Marston’s attention to a curious piece of ice on the horizon, which bore a striking resemblance to a ship. Whilst we were so engaged a ship rounded the [point]! We immediately called out Ship O, which was instantly followed by a general exodus of cheering & semi hysterical… inmates.”

— Frank Hurley

“Before there was time for a reply, there was a rush of members tumbling over one another, all mixed up with mugs of seal hoosh, making a simultaneous dive for the door-hole which was immediately torn to shreds so that those members who could not pass through it, on account of the crush, made their exits through the ‘wall,’ or what remained of it.”

— Thomas Orde-Lees

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If…

“Wild has it all nicely cut and dried, and has revealed his plans to the favoured few. He and four other members are to go in the Dudley Docker, and will make their way carefully along under the lee of the land from island to island of the South Shetlands… until they reach Deception Island about 150 miles away to our S.W.”

— Thomas Orde-Lees

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Worried

Lionel Greenstreet

Lionel Greenstreet

“Things don’t look too well now for our getting relief from the Cairds party as it is now over 126 days since they left and even if they had been waiting for the Aurora to come round they should have been down here by now. I shall give them till about Sept. 10th and after that I shall think that something has happened to them and that we shall have to rely on getting to Deception Island and getting relief from there.”

—Lionel Greenstreet

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A previous stranding, Antarctica, 1903

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“We were forced to feed ourselves mainly by seals and penguins. Already during the first few days of our stay on the island, we were lucky enough to kill [enough] not only for our immediate needs but also for a winter supply. Thus, on the 11 March [1903] 184 penguins were killed, 326 on the 12th, 508 on the 13th and so on.”

— Captain Carl Anton Larsen, quoted in Nils Otto Nordenskjöld’s ‘Antarctica: Or, Two years amongst the ice of the South Pole

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Chileans

“These Chileans are by far the finest seamen in South America. Probably they are the best Latin sailors in the world. One of the officers was a very dashing little Chilean lieutenant, Ramon Aguirre, who came aboard with a guitar, and very glad we were to have him. He was a most amusing character, completely indifferent to everything but the pleasure he could extract from the moment, and always in high spirits.”

— Frank Worsley

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