Ice Captain: The Life of Endurance Expedition's Other Hero, Joseph Russell Stenhouse

By Stephen Haddesley

A lot has been written on Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton. this can be the tale of the patience expedition's different hero, Joseph Russell Stenhouse (1887-1941) who, as Captain of the SS Aurora, freed the send from pack ice and rescued the survivors of the Ross Sea shore celebration, deeds for which he was once provided the Polar Medal and the OBE. He was once additionally recruited for precise operations within the Arctic in the course of the First international battle, grew to become focused on the Allied intervention in innovative Russia, and used to be later appointed to command Captain Scott's Discovery. Stenhouse used to be one of many final males to qualify as a sea captain through the age of sail.

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Because the Vancouver day-by-day Province mentioned: ‘Here you – gimme these oars and be d––d quickly approximately it,’ sang out one of many unforeseen and unwelcome viewers simply because the proprietor of the boat accumulated his wits sufficiently to assemble that the viewers have been escaping sailors. He gave up the oars. Then started a race for the shore. the guy on the oars had no longer taken strokes earlier than a head was once poked over the rail of the send, through a rifle on which the solar glinted in a manner that was once so much disconcerting to the landlord of the boat. A hoarse command that the boat may still go back went unheeded by way of the escaping sailors. ‘Phug––szip. ’ It was once the rifle that spoke, and the shot hit the water close to the rowboat after which glanced and omitted the water. . . . It was once by way of part a dozen in speedy succession. None of them hit the mark, yet they have been ultimately changing into sufficiently just about scare the deserters. They gave up, and rowing again to the send, clambered aboard. 17 now not so very lengthy prior to, the wharves and jetties of Vancouver had resounded to the footsteps of gold prospectors confidently making their method to the Klondike, and town was once no stranger to brawling or even homicide. In reporting the incident that Stenhouse witnessed, the day-by-day Province reminded its readers comparable incident had happened purely eighteen months past and one guy were shot and wounded. definitely inspired by way of this exhibition of bloodthirsty lawlessness, Stenhouse reduce the account of the fracas out of the newspaper and despatched it domestic, in order that his father may ‘see from the enclosed that there are bears, whales and fights round here’. 18 in truth, desertion was once ordinary, although the lengths to which the Senator’s officials have been ready to visit hinder it have been a little less so. The Springbank loved no immunity and he or she had misplaced a wide component to her team one of the brothels and rookeries of San Francisco, with the end result that Stenhouse stumbled on ‘that the paintings comes on us lovely heavily’. For the apprentices, even if, the desertion of the more matured individuals of the team introduced a few compensations. For lengthy months they'd been considered as little greater than supercargo, hardly ever depended on to adopt the main menial activity with out supervision; now the aid within the numbers of capable seamen intended that, in addition to extra paintings, extra accountability got here their method. This acceptance proved whatever of a watershed in Stenhouse’s occupation. nonetheless lower than a yr into his four-year articles, he had taken the an important first step in the direction of being said as a able and priceless sailor. He had additionally proved himself to be difficult, strong-willed and self sufficient: features necessary to any budding officer. Over the following couple of months, the Springbank sailed into the South Seas, moved quickly on her manner by means of the north-east Trades. She anchored in short at Penrhyn Island, the place the islanders wandered all around the send promoting coconuts, corals and cod after which danced and sang to the accompaniment of the captain’s gramophone. She fought with a sail-splitting typhoon one of the south-east Trades, skimmed around the Tasman Sea in positive variety and, at the method of Melbourne, all yet grazed the basaltic rocks on the front to the Bass Strait, narrowly keeping off disaster.

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