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Shackleton's Boat Journey

by Frank Arthur Worsley

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    Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: Unlike Worsley, Lansing was a writer not an expedition member, and I feel that his account reads a little better than Worsley's while conserving the sense of adventure. He also spends more time on journey on the ice after the Endurance was crushed, while Worsley concenrates on the boat trips to Elephant Island and South Georgia.… (more)

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Another truly great adventure story (although the saga of how he came to be in the predicament is a rather sorry one,) is that of Shackleton’s great boat journey. After his ship became trapped and crushed in the ice during an abortive attempt at a sea-to-sea overland journey across Antarctica, Ernest Shackleton led a group of six men (the remaining crew were left behind to wait for rescue) in a 22-foot boat across some 800 miles of the stormiest ocean known to man at the height of winter. The voyage is narrated by F.A. Worsley, captain of Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance.

It was an incredible feat of seamanship and navigation rivaling Bligh’s famous voyage (another unsung hero - Hollywood has really done dirt to Blígh.) After reaching South Georgia in the midst of a hurricane, Shackleton and his men still had to cross a mountain range and glaciers to reach the whaling station at the north of the island. From there he returned to rescue the men left behind. With amazing luck (or competence, more likely) no man was lost. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
An unbelievable journey. Read this if you read Endurance or if you like seafaring adventures. ( )
  lxydis | May 11, 2013 |
In poking around for a book to read after Christmas, I found this slim volume on my wife's bookshelves. We have a personal connection to Antarctic exploration, as Tom Crean, who played a major role on this boat journey with Shackleton and who was with Scott on his ill-fated journey to the Pole, was my wife's grandmother's uncle. In fact, we have often wondered where my youngest son got his height and, well, his unusually large ears. Then we saw a picture of Crean. Say no more.

This book, as all first-hand accounts of Antarctic exploration for the early 1900's, is amazing. What men these were, how courageous and just plain lucky to have survived their ordeal. By all accounts, Shackleton was a leader who inspired the best efforts of his men. That not one of his twenty-eight men perished in this remarkable journey is as unbelievable as the journey itself. If you have not read a first-hand account of these brave men, you own it to yourself to do so. ( )
  co_coyote | Mar 23, 2008 |
This is simply the most exiting real-life adventure I’ve ever read. ( )
  Coelacanth | Aug 19, 2006 |
First hand account of the astounding exploits of Sir Ernest Shackleton in rescuing his crew from certain death in Antarctica. This covers the journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia in full fish scented detail. Shackleton is a true hero.
  Mockers | Aug 15, 2006 |
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The astounding and inspiring true story behind the forthcoming Wolfgang Petersen film Endurance: the firsthand account of an incredible Antarctic adventure. "One of the great survival stories of all time."—Library Journal

Frank A. Worsley was the captain of the H.M.S. Endurance, the ship used by the legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in his 1914-16 expedition to the Antarctic. On its way to the Antarctic continent the Endurance became trapped and then crushed by ice, and the ship's party of twenty-eight drifted on an ice floe for five months. Finally reaching an uninhabited island, Shackleton, Worsley, and four others sailed eight hundred miles in a small boat to the island of South Georgia, an astounding feat of navigation and courage. All hands survived this ill-fated expedition; as Worsley writes, "By self-sacrifice and throwing his own life into the balance, [Shackleton] saved every one of his men . . . although at times it had looked unlikely that one could be saved." "This remarkable book . . . shows [Shackleton] both luckless and lucky, and supremely cool and courageous throughout. Worsley writes without heroics . . . but makes us feel to the marrow the conditions that the party endured before all hands were rescued."—The New Yorker  "Worsley's account of that journey is a breath-taking story of courage, skill and determination under the most appalling conditions."—Sir Edmund Hillary Illustrations

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