South: A Memoir of the Endurance Voyage
His destination Antarctica, his expectations high, veteran explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton set out, on the eve of the First World War, in pursuit of his goal to lead the first expedition across the last unknown continent. Instead, his ship, the Endurance, became locked in sea ice, and for nine months Shackleton fought a losing battle with the elements before the drifting ship was crushed and his crew marooned. Shackleton's gripping account of his incredible voyage follows him and his men across 600 miles of unstable ice floes to a barren rock called Elephant Island. It records how, with a crew of four, he crossed 850 miles of the worst seas in a twenty-two-foot-long open boat and how, after landing on South Georgia Island, they then had to traverse over twenty miles of mountainous terrain to reach the nearest outpost of civilization. Shackleton recounts, too, the efforts of his support party aboard the Aurora, who in temperatures of -50 [degree] and winds of 80 m.p.h. still managed to drop off supplies on the opposite side of the continent, little suspecting the fate of the Endurance and the ordeal of its crew. The harrowing experience recounted in Shackleton's memoir is also strikingly illustrated with eighty-eight diagrams and original photographs taken in the course of this incredible voyage.
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INTO THE WEDDELL SEA
H NEW LAND
LOSS OF THE ENDURANCE
THE MARCH BETWEEN
VIL PATIENCE CAMP
VIZI ESCAPE FROM THE ICE 118
The First Landing Ever Made on Elephant Island April 15 1916
THE ROSS SEA PARTY
Nearing South Georgia
One of the Glaciers We Crossed
WINTERING IN McMURDO SOUND
LAYING THE DEPOTS
View of Interior of Hut on Elephant Island
All Safe All Well
The Lookout at Ocean Camp
The Sledges Packed and Ready
We Cut Steps in This TwentyEvefoot Slab and It Makes a Fine
The Reeling Berg
THE AURORAS DRIFT
1 Young Ice Bay Ice of Scoresby in the Middle
XVTI THE LAST RELIEF
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