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South! Shackleton's Last Expedition

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

Book Overview: 

Shackleton’s most famous expedition was planned to be an attempt to cross Antarctica from the Weddell Sea south of the Atlantic, to the Ross Sea south of the Pacific, by way of the Pole. It set out from London on 1 August 1914, and reached the Weddell Sea on January 10, 1915, where the pack ice closed in on the Endurance. The ship was broken by the ice on 27 October 1915. The 28 crew members managed to flee to Elephant Island, bringing three small boats with them. Shackleton and five other men managed to reach the southern coast of South Georgia in one of the small boats (in a real epic journey). Shackleton managed to rescue all of the stranded crew from Elephant Island without loss in the Chilean’s navy seagoing steam tug Yelcho, on August 30, 1916, in the middle of the Antarctic winter. (Summary from Wikipedia)

As the last section is a short original recording by Ernest Shackleton about the expedition.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The ship sustained terrific pressure on the port side forward, the heaviest shocks being under the forerigging. It was the worst squeeze we had experienced. The decks shuddered and jumped, beams arched, and stanchions buckled and shook. I ordered all hands to stand by in readiness for whatever emergency might arise. Even the dogs seemed to feel the tense anxiety of the moment. But the ship resisted valiantly, and just when it appeared that the limit of her strength was being reached the huge floe that was pressing down upon us cracked across and so gave relief.

“The behaviour of our ship in the ice has been magnificent,” wrote Worsley. “Since we have been beset her staunchness and endurance have been almost past belief again and again. She has been nipped with a million-ton pressure and risen nobly, falling clear of the water out on the ice. She has been thrown to and fro like a shuttlecock a dozen times. She has been strained, her beams ar. . . Read More

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First it was cold. And then it got really cold. And we're hungry. And it' cold and we're hungry. And phewy, it's really freaking cold. We don't have a whole lot to eat, either. Brrrrrrrrrrrr. Ice. Seals. Cold. Es muy frio. Teeth chattering. Chewing on blubber. Blubber fires. Shivering. Need more foo

Against All Odds

A breathtaking account of the unfathomably trying journey undertaken by Shackleton and his crew to Antarctica, between 1914 and 1917. Initially, the plan consisted in landing in the Weddell sea side, to join the second party, who left provisions for the Shackleton party on the second

Two years of planning for this expedition didn’t mean it was well-planned. As we learn about what happened, Shackleton’s focus on the men’s uncomplaining stoicism and trying to make things rosy for the reader feels like an attempt to hide his poor administration and negligence of huge areas (clothin

Years ago I read the book, endurance. I liked it then but this time I decided to read the diary of Shackleton, In this time around it did not set well with me.

I realized that they had to hunt and kill seals and penguins in order to survive... I can understand that. But then a penguin walked up to th

The bare facts of this story speak for themselves. In 1914, Ernest Shackleton set out on the Endurance on a mission to cross Antarctica via the pole. But his ship did not even reach the southern continent, instead getting trapped in floating ice during their approach. They drifted helplessly for mon

The expedition’s goal was to be the first to cross the southern continent.

Instead, Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, encountered early sea ice and was crushed, marooning him and his crew to face a two year long litany of hardships they could hardly imagine – a 600 mile voyage across shifting ice flo

I read this casually, a little at a time. It's one of the great adventure stories of all time, and smashing stuff (get it?) but...here's how it works: it's based on the journals of Shackleton and everyone else in his party - he gives others lots of time too - and the entries can be a little repetiti

South... by Ernest Shackleton was published in 1919, long before Lansing’s book Endurance, which was published in 1959. Both books are very similar and tell for the most part the same story, however Lansings delivery is superior, however it was with great interest that I went from Endurance to South

Despite sitting here in October whining to myself about my cold fingers while typing, I have to admit I've got kind of a thing for grueling polar expeditions and the occasional 19th century disastrous sea voyage. I especially have a thing for Mr. Shackleton, the great heroic failure of the Edwardian

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