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ISBN:
9781780272092
Categories
Military, History & Adventure
Imprint
Birlinn
Publication Date
03 April 2014
Format
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
160
Illustrations
16pp b/w plates

Shackleton's Boat Journey

by Frank Worsley - Find out more about the author

 

 

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The journey had begun on 1 August 1914 in London and the next day that the world knew of Shackleton was on 20 May 1916 when three filthy, ragged men staggered into the whaling station at Grytviken on South Georgia. In the opening months of the war the fate of Shackleton alternated with war news in the newspapers. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle even remarked in a speech regarding the British navy: ’We can pass the eight Dreadnoughts, if we are sure of the eight Shackletons.’

In between, the expedition had been trapped for months in the ice, watched their ship being slowly crushed, walked in appalling conditions to the edge of the ice sheet and in three small boats sailed to Elephant Island . . . From Elephant Island one of the boats was adapted in the desperate gamble of reaching South Georgia. Shackleton and his colleagues navigated by dead reckoning across the stormy Atlantic ocean and they were the first human beings to walk across South Georgia. After three attempts their crew was rescued from Elephant Island. Not a man was lost in this extraordinary tale.