Ocean and Patience Camps (October 27, 1915 - April 9, 1916)
||As March approached, the supply
of food dwindled, and the men existed on penguins, seals, and their
beloved sled dogs. By the end of March, high temperatures in the 30s
lows of 21 degrees Fahrenheit was a dangerous range of temperatures
for the sleeping bags and clothing of the men which was alternately
sodden and frozen stiff. They continued a structured daily life on the
floe, slowly moving North towards the open ocean.
Shackleton made two attempts to march to land, some 300 miles to the North, hauling the lifeboats and the food, which had been pulled from the ship. The dogs successfully pulled the sledges loaded with food and supplies but it was left up to the men to haul the three lifeboats. Loaded, the boats weighed approximately one ton each. It proved impossible to haul them over the uneven ice. The boats could not be left behind, as Shackleton regarded them as vital to their survival with the ocean beneath their feet.
Helplessly, the crew waited to see if the floe would carry them closer to land. The second encampment was named "Patience Camp."
|Home - Endurance||Voyage of the James Caird|
|The Voyage South||South Georgia Island|
|Ship Beset and Crushed||The Rescue|
|Ocean and Patience Camps||Sir Ernest Shackleton|
|Elephant Island||Expedition Members|
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