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Great book with same title, worth the read.
How did they survive?
How did the crew fare?
“Milhouse how could you let this happen? You were the night watchman!”
I mean that one guy seems pretty relaxed about it
Shackleton himself wrote an amazing book on this experience called South
It’s really cool, they all survived for two year in the wild, sometimes traveling on ice flows. They were surprised to hear that the first world war was still going when they finally did get back to civilization.
There are also loads of pictures documenting this because they happened to have a photographer onboard
It’s a real shame about all of those lost negatives.
Oh man, I am surprised that most of the crew still went on to active military duty in WW1 even after being stranded on Antarctica.
We talked of the other new worlds
We’d discover as she gave up her body to me,
As I chopped up her mainsail for timber,
I told her of all that we still had to see.
As the ice frost turned her moorings
To nine-tails and the wind lashed her sides in the cold,
I burned her to keep me alive every night in the loving embrace of her hold.
I was gonna say…
The endurance was partially destroyed when dr.mann tried to gain access with an imperfect lock between ranger one and endurance.
Anyone have any good documentary recs for this exploration or those on HMs Terror, Erebus, etc?
“For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.”
-Attributed to Sir Raymond Priestly, Antarctic explorer and geologist
It’s an unreal story, there’s a pretty solid documentary about it on Amazon Prime. Definitely worth checking out.
Crazy how the entire expedition had been so isolated from the outside world that they had no idea WW1 was even a thing until the world was almost two years into it. Last news they would’ve gotten about it would’ve been a few weeks after war first broke out in 1914, back when everyone thought it’d all be over by Christmas.
It’s got to be a total mindfuck once rescued in 1916 to ask about whatever came of that war and to hear that not only is it still ongoing, but it’s become the bloodiest conflict in human history thus far with millions of soldiers having already been killed.
For a similar situation with a different outcome, In The Kingdom Of Ice by Hampton Sides is one of my favourite books. If it were a movie, at least 3 plot points wouldn’t be believed. So crazy.
Another amazing story about the first expedition to winter in the Antarctic region….
I love Kenneth Branagh’s re-creation of this story. Was already a Branagh fan and it was my first introduction to the Boss.
Sir Shackleton is the greatest survival story of all time. Dude (and his crew) is a legend.
For a joint scientific and geographical piece of organization, give me Scott; for a Winter Journey, Wilson; for a dash to the Pole and nothing else, Amundsen: and if I am in the devil of a hole and want to get out of it, give me Shackleton every time.
Apsley Cherry-Garrard (fellow explorer)