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A Classic Shackleton Moment...

April 12, 1916 - Orde-Lees' Journal - excerpt


As we and the day advanced, the weather deteriorated but the sun's disc was sufficiently visible through the haze for Captain Worsley to get the much desired "sights"; to our very great chagrin these places us in latitude 62.15 N. longitude 53.5 W. As he and all of us had been fully confident of finding ourselves at least two degrees of longitude to the

westward of this and not a great way from King George Island, this was really a severe blow to us for it seemed as if we were so far from terra firma as when we started and we had hoped to be so very much nearer than this. Captain Worsley had estimated by dead reckoning that we ought to be longitude 55 W., and his dead reckoning had for months past been so notably good that we were at first loath to believe the bad news, but a second observation amply confirmed the accuracy of the first. It became necessary now to communicate the bad news to Sir Ernest who came up alongside the "Dudley Docker" in the "Caird". One would have expected any leader to utter some ejaculation on the receipt of such hope blasting news, but he never for a moment turned a hair. That bespeaks a great General.


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