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Born in Ireland in 1874, Sir Ernest Shackleton became one of the great explorers of his day. He was a member of Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic expedition of 1901-04. In 1907-09 he commanded an expedition that located the magnetic pole, climbed Mount Erebus, and came within a hundred miles of the South Pole (first reached by Amundsen in 1911).
In August 1914, twenty-eight men aboard the ship Endurance, commanded by Shackleton, began what was to be the "last of the great explorations" – the crossing of the vast Antarctic land mass. It turned into one of the most remarkable survival stories ever recorded.
In his book South, Shackleton eloquently describes this fabled two-year odyssey in one of the most inhospitable regions on earth – the devastating crushing of the Endurance in a sea of ice, the crew’s impossible journey over the barren, frozen wasteland of the Antarctic, their navigation across nearly a thousand miles of tumultuous seas in an open boat, and their ever-constant struggles against unimaginable cold, hunger, hardship, and despair as they struggled toward rescue.
Shackleton’s account is a lasting testament to his leadership and
courage, as well as a moving statement about the human will to survive.
Sir Ernest Shackleton passed away on board the Quest, on his fourth
expedition to the Antarctic, in 1922.
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