The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

Caroline Alexander


In August 1914, days prior to the outbreak of the 1st international conflict, the popular explorer Ernest Shackleton and a workforce of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the final unclaimed prize within the background of exploration: the 1st crossing strolling of the Antarctic continent. Weaving a treacherous course during the freezing Weddell Sea, that they had come inside of eighty-five miles in their vacation spot whilst their send, persistence, used to be trapped quickly within the ice pack. quickly the send was once beaten like matchwood, leaving the workforce stranded at the floes. Their ordeal could final for twenty months, and they might make near-fatal makes an attempt to flee via open boat ahead of their ultimate rescue.

Drawing upon formerly unavailable resources, Caroline Alexander offers us a riveting account of Shackleton's expedition--one of history's maximum epics of survival. and she or he provides the unbelievable paintings of Frank Hurley, the Australian photographer whose visible checklist of the journey hasn't ever prior to been released comprehensively. jointly, textual content and picture re-create the negative great thing about Antarctica, the bleak destruction of the send, and the crew's heroic day-by-day fight to stick alive, a miracle completed principally via Shackleton's inspiring management.

The survival of Hurley's extraordinary pictures is scarcely much less incredible: the unique glass plate negatives, from which lots of the book's illustrations are fantastically reproduced, have been kept in hermetically sealed cannisters that survived months at the ice floes, every week in an open boat at the polar seas, and several other extra months buried within the snows of a rocky outcrop known as Elephant Island. eventually Hurley was once pressured to desert his specialist apparatus; he captured one of the most unforgettable photographs of the fight with a pocket digicam and 3 rolls of Kodak film.

Published along with the yankee Museum of average History's landmark exhibition on Shackleton's trip, The Endurance thrillingly recounts one of many final nice adventures within the Heroic Age of exploration--perhaps the best of all of them.

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