Shackleton's Boat Journey

Shackleton's Boat Journey

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by F. A. Worsley
     
 

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F.A. Worsely was the skipper of the Endurance, the ship used by Sir Ernest Shackleton in his 1914-1916 expedition to Antarctica, and this is his account of that perilous trip. The Endurance was crushed by ice, and the ship's party of twenty-eight drifted on an ice floe for five months, finally reaching an uninhabited island. From there Shackleton,…  See more details below

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F.A. Worsely was the skipper of the Endurance, the ship used by Sir Ernest Shackleton in his 1914-1916 expedition to Antarctica, and this is his account of that perilous trip. The Endurance was crushed by ice, and the ship's party of twenty-eight drifted on an ice floe for five months, finally reaching an uninhabited island. From there Shackleton, Worsley, and four others sailed in a small boat to South Georgia, an island eight hundred miles away, to find rescue.

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New Yorker
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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ISBN-13:
9780393087598
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/1977
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
220

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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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BenDC7 More than 1 year ago
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!