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"A craze for Bridge" and boat assignments

NOTE: While working on Shackleton's Way, on a large piece of paper I wrote the name of each lifeboat and, below, the crew-members assigned to that boat - just to be sure I hadn't missed anyone. But as I stared at the lists, Shackleton's underlying thinking and planning leaped off the page. Assigned to each boat was a navigator - Shackleton / Wild, Worsley and Hudson; someone with medical training - McIlroy, Macklin and Hussey; and seasoned sailors. For me, it was one of the most exciting and memorable moments in writing Shackleton's Way.


Macklin's Journal - November 27, 1915 (excerpt)


Today Sir E. put up boat lists, being the names of the different men told off as crew to the various boats. The three boats that have been named respectively "James Caird," "Dudley Docker," and "Stancomb Wills." I am in the "Dudley Docker" which is one of the cutters. The "James Caird" is the whaler. All three boats have been set up and made as strong and seaworthy as was possible under the conditions by the carpenter. The whaler has been decked fore and aft, and her gunwales raised. She is however not as strong as the cutters which are made of oak and are good strong boats. Shortage of nails and suitable wood has prevented the carpenter from doing anything similar to the latter.


There is quite a craze for Bridge amongst some member of the tent, and Sir E., McIlroy and others have been in, giving advice and instruction.


Boat assignments from Worsley's Journal - November 27, 1915


"James Caird" (whaler)            

Sir Ernest Shackleton                                           

Wild

Hussey

Hurley                                                                

McNeish

Vincent                                           

James                                                                  

Wordie

Clark

Green

McCarty   


"Dudley Docker" (cutter)  

Capt Worsley 

Mr Greenstreet  

Dr Macklin 

Cheetham

Marston 

Capt Lees 

Holness

Kerr

McLeod   


"Stancomb-Wills" (cutter)

Mr. Hudson

Crean

McIlroy

Rickinson

How

Bakewell

Stevenson

Blackboro


     In the event of the "Stancomb-Wills" being left behind, Hudson, How, Bakewell, McIlroy transfer to "James Caird;" Crean, Blackboro, Stevenson to "Dudley Docker."

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