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From: David C
Date: 2017 Feb 14, 21:11 -0800
I have found a second Worsley diary in the Alexander Turnbull Library.
The diary I copied yesterday is described thus:
Entries made while on Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917 under Sir Ernest Shackleton. Includes diary of voyage of the `James Caird' from Elephant Island to South Georgia, 24 Apr-20 May 1916; diary relating to rescue of Elephant Island party, 16 Jun-25 Dec 1916; manuscript entitled `Shackleton's great boat journey', 1916.
The second diary is described as follows:
Journal kept during Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antartic Expedition in the `Endurance' to the Weddell Sea, 1914-1916. The journal runs, with gaps, from 1 January 1915 to 18 May 1916.
A journal that includes the journey to Elephant Island may contain information about books, charts, sextants etc. A useful question to ask may be "How did Worsley navigate to Elephant Island?" There is only one way to find out (-;
As an aside - Frank Worsley's grandfather constructed a road in the Port Hills of Christchurch called (as you can guess) Worsley Road. That road is the lead item in the news tonight as hundreds of residents are evacuated due to a large bush fire. Two homes have been destroyed so far.