Shackleton Story

Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all – EHS

Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition

Shackleton StoryAfter the race to the South Pole ended in December 1911 with Roald Amundsen’s conquest, Shackleton planned a third trip to the Antarctic in 1914 with the ship Endurance, intending to cross Antarctica via the South Pole, the last major prize in Antarctic exploration.

His intention was dashed early in 1915, when the Endurance became trapped in the ice, and sank ten months later. Shackleton’s crew had already abandoned the ship to live on the floating ice.

In April 1916, they set off in three small boats, eventually reaching Elephant Island. Taking five crew members, Shackleton went to find help. In a small boat, the six men spent 16 days crossing 720 nautical miles of ocean to reach South Georgia. The men then trekked across the uncharted island to a whaling station. The remaining men from the ‘Endurance’ were rescued in August 1916. Not one member of the expedition died.

As Henry crosses the Antarctic landmass, we’ll revive the spirit of Endurance to commemorate Shackleton’s expedition with a weekly report describing what Shackleton and his men faced on the pack ice 100 years ago.

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