Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance
In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross the Antarctic continent from one side to the other. Five months later and still 100 miles from land, their ship, Endurance, became trapped. The expedition survived an Antarctic winter in the icebound ship, then, after Endurance sank, five months camped on the ice followed by a perilous boat journey through storms and icebergs to remote and unvisited Elephnat Island, 600 miles from Cape Horn. From there, their only hope was for someone to fetch help. In a dramatic climax to this amazing survival story, Shackleton and five others navigated 800 miles of the treacherous open ocean in a 20-foot boat and then hiked across the unmapped, glacier-strewn interior of South Georgia Island to a whaling station. In August 1916, 19 months after Endurance first became icebound, Shackleton led a rescue party back to Elephant Island for his men.
Jennifer Armstrong narrates these almost unbelievable events with vigor, an eye for detail, and an appreciation of the marvelous leadership of Ernest Shackleton, who brought home every one of his men alive. With them survived a remarkable archive of photographs of the expedition, more than forty of which are reproduced here.
The harrowing survival story of English explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and the ill-fatedEndurance has intrigued people since the 1914 expedition--spurring astounding bookssuch as Endurance: Shackleton's IncredibleVoyage and The Endurance:Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition. As Shackleton and 27 sailors attempted tocross the frozen Antarctic continent from one side to the other, they were trapped in an ice pack,lost their ship to the icy depths, survived an Antarctic winter, escaped attacks from sea lions, andtraversed 600 treacherous miles to the uninhabited Elephant Island. Leaving 22 men behind,Shackleton and five others sailed 800 miles across the southern Atlantic Ocean in a 20-foot openboat to tiny South George Island, where they hiked across unmapped mountains to a whalingstation. In 1916, 19 months after the Endurance became icebound, Shackleton led arescue party backto retrieve his men. Remarkably, every crew member survived.
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