Shackleton's Boat Journey

Shackleton's Boat Journey

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ISBN10: 0393318648 ISBN13: 9780393318647 Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc Published: Aug 1 1998 Weight: 0.60lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 5.50" Depth: 0.50" Language: English

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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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