Shackleton's Boat Journey

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) was one of the most indomitable and, in some ways, the most luckless of the Antarctic explorers of the early twentieth century, and this remarkable book...shows him both luckless and lucky, and supremely cool and courageous throughout....Worsely writes without heroics...but he makes us feel to our marrow the [conditions] that the party endured before all hands were rescued....Worsely emerges from his narrative every inch as stalwart a man as the leader he revered.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393318647
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: (Reissue)
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 702,401
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

A native New Zealander, Frank A. Worsley served as a reserve officer in the Royal Navy before becoming captain of the Endurance. He commanded two ships in World War I, for which he was decorated, sailed with Shackleton again in 1921, and in 1925 was the joint leader of the British Arctic Exploration. Worsley died in 1943.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    Caught in an Antarctic race for their lives!

    Shackleton's Boat Journey, by F. A. Worsley, is a memoir, about a boat expedition that goes astray in the arctic. It is a man vs. nature scenario, when the boat sinks, because two sheets of ice crush it. The men aboard are forced to escape onto the ice and try to get to land while man hauling 3 boats and supplies. They have one ultimate goal, to survive. They are in a race against time, when they have frost bite, and dwindling rations. Trapped in Antarctica, they need to get to safety. They progress many miles to reach their goal, and some may die.
    This is an awe-inspiring book, and a great story. This book is best suited for higher-level readers (more for the age group of young adult and up). It is a fairly long read, but at times it can be hard to put it down!

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