Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to the antarctic took a turn for the worse when his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in the ice. As the saying went, “What the ice gets, the ice keeps.” The party knew that their ship was doomed and they needed to abandon ship. They removed the lifeboats and supplies they would need. They would need to drag these lifeboats over several miles of ice to reach open water.

“The planned march required the men to drag with them basic supplies as well as two of the three lifeboats. [They eventually sent a party back for the third.] Every hand had been issued new winter gear and a pound of tobacco. Beyond this, each was limited to two pounds of person possessions. A few exceptions were made. Shackleton allowed Hussey to take his banjo, on the premise that it would supply the men with vital mental tonic.”
“By way of example, before the assembled men, Shackleton discarded a handful of gold sovereigns and his gold watch on the ice, followed by his silver brushes and dressing cases. He then took the Bible that had been presented to the ship before departure by Queen Alexander. Ripping out the flyleaf and a few other pages, he lay the Bible on the ice. The pages retained were those of the Twenty-third Psalm and these verses from Job:
Out of whose womb came the ice?
And the hoary frost of Heaven, who hath gendered it?
The waters are hid as with a stone
And the face of the deep is frozen.”
– Caroline Alexander, The Endurance.

If your house was on fire and you had only moments to choose, what would you save? What has special value in your life?

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