South: A Memoir of the Endurance Voyage

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Basic Books, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 380 pages
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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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Contents

INTO THE WEDDELL SEA
1
H NEW LAND
19
WINTER MONTHS
36
LOSS OF THE ENDURANCE
63
OCEAN CAMP
87
THE MARCH BETWEEN
103
VIL PATIENCE CAMP
108
VIZI ESCAPE FROM THE ICE 118
143
The First Landing Ever Made on Elephant Island April 15 1916
232
THE ROSS SEA PARTY
244
Nearing South Georgia
248
One of the Glaciers We Crossed
264
WINTERING IN McMURDO SOUND
266
LAYING THE DEPOTS
279
View of Interior of Hut on Elephant Island
280
All Safe All Well
296

The Lookout at Ocean Camp
169
The Sledges Packed and Ready
184
We Cut Steps in This TwentyEvefoot Slab and It Makes a Fine
200
THE RESCUE
212
The Reeling Berg
216
ELEPHANT ISLAND
225
THE AURORAS DRIFT
309
1 Young Ice Bay Ice of Scoresby in the Middle
312
XVTI THE LAST RELIEF
340
APPENDIX
349
APPENDIX
371
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Shackleton was a national hero in England when he began his 3rd Antarctic trip. He had been knighted for his attempt to reach the South Pole between 1907 and 1909 after coming within 100 miles of his goal.

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