Shackleton's Boat Journey

Shackleton's Boat Journey

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by Frank Arthur Worsley, F. A. Worsley
     
 

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This is an account of the Shackleton boat journey. The journey began in August 1914 in London and the next the world knew of Shackleton was in May 1916, when three ragged men staggered into the whaling station at Grytviken on South Georgia. On August 1, 1914, on the eve of World War I, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his hand-picked crew embarked in HMS Endurance

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This is an account of the Shackleton boat journey. The journey began in August 1914 in London and the next the world knew of Shackleton was in May 1916, when three ragged men staggered into the whaling station at Grytviken on South Georgia. On August 1, 1914, on the eve of World War I, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his hand-picked crew embarked in HMS Endurance from London's West India Dock, for an expedition to the Antarctic. It was to turn into one of the most breathtaking survival stories of all time. Even as they coasted down the channel, Shackleton wired back to London to offer his ship to the war effort. The reply came from the First Lord of the Admiralty, one Winston Churchill: "Proceed". And proceed they did. When the Endurance was trapped and finally crushed to splinters by pack ice in late 1915, they drifted on an ice floe for five months, before getting to open sea and launching three tiny boats as far as the inhospitable, storm-lashed Elephant Island. They drank seal oil and ate baby albatross (delicious, apparently). From there Shackelton himself and seven others—the author among them—went on, in a 22-foot open boat, for an unbelievable 800 miles, through the Antarctic seas in winter, to South Georgia and rescue. It is an extraordinary story of courage and even good-humor among men who must have felt certain, secretly, that they were going to die. Worsley's account, first published in 1940, captures that bulldog spirit exactly: uncomplaining, tough, competent, modest and deeply loyal. It's gripping, and strangely moving.

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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:
9781841580630
Publisher:
Birlinn, Limited
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Frank A. Worsley, a native New Zealander, 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!