A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Noell Wilson
Date: 2017 Feb 16, 13:35 -0800
As did Shackleton. In SOUTH after a hellish transition from the ice floe to the boats and then finally landing on Elephant Island, Shackleton wrote: "This was the first landing ever made on Elephant Island, and a thought came to me that the honour should belong to the youngest member of the Expedition, so I told Blackborrow to jump over. He seemed to be in a state of almost coma, and in order to avoid delay I helped him, perhaps a little roughly, over the side of the boat. He promptly sat down in the surf and did not move. Then I suddenly realized what I had forgotten, that both his feet were frost-bitten badly. Some of us jumped over and pulled him to a dry place. It was rather a rough experience for Blackborrow, but, anyway, he is now able to say that he was the first man to sit on Elephant Island."