Endurance: An Epic Polar Adventure

By Frank Arthur Worsley

The mythical story of Ernest Shackleton's grueling Antarctic day trip, mentioned in riveting first-person element by way of the captain of HMS Endurance.You heavily suggest to inform me that the send is doomed?" requested Frank Worsley, commander of the Endurance, caught impassably in Antarctic ice packs. "What the ice gets," responded Sir Ernest Shackleton, the expedition's unflappable chief, "the ice keeps." It didn't, although, get the ship's twenty-five team participants, all of whom survived an eight-hundred-mile voyage throughout sea, land, and ice to South Georgia, the closest inhabited island. First released in 1931, Endurance tells the whole tale of that doomed 1914-16 excursion and marvelous rescue, in addition to concerning Worsley's additional adventures battling U-boats within the nice battle, crusing the both treacherous waters of the Arctic, and making one ultimate (and profitable) attack at the South Pole with Shackleton. it's a story of unrelenting excessive experience and a tribute to at least one of the main inspiring and brave leaders of fellows within the heritage of exploration.

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