Hurley's Journal, December 7, 1914
"Numerous tabular bergs observed, and sight the cloud-shrouded and snow-mantled peaks of the Sandwich Isles on starboard bow during the afternoon with a faint line of pack and ice blink on the Southern
horizon. An Easterly course is set, and shortly after 5 p.m. the "Endurance" baptizes her bows in the marginal outskirts of the Weddell Sea pack ice. As we proceed, we discover the field, for the most part composed of old weathered floes and denuded berg fragments growing rapidly denser so as to become practically impenetrable. Accordingly, a course is shaped for the N.E. and we regain open water. Large numbers of Adelie penguins and several sea-leopards observed."