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pdodd | Friday January 01, 2016

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Exploration

20th Century Extracts

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This extract is from the diary of Ernest Shackleton the polar explorer- dated 1922.

Ernest Shackleton’s diary of the Quest Expedition

Ernest Shackleton died of heart failure in the early hours of the morning on the 5 January 1922.
These last diary entries recall his thoughts as the ship approached South Georgia.

1 January 1922

Rest and calm after the storm. The year has begun kindly for us. It is curious how a certain date becomes a milestone in one’s life. Christmas day in the raging gale seemed out of place I dared not venture to hope that today would be as it was.
Anxiety has been probing deeply into me for until the end of the year things have gone awry. Engines were liable: furnace cracked. Water short Heavy gales All that physically can go wrong but the spirit of all on board sound and good.

2 January 1922

Another wonderful day. Fine clear slight head wind but cheerful for us after these last days of stress and strain. At one p.m. we passed our fist berg. The old familiar sight aroused in me memories that the strenuous years have deadened. Blue caverns shone with sky glow snatched from heaven itself. Green spurs showed beneath the water and bergs mast high came sailing by...


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