Chasing Shackleton

Chasing Shackleton

Re-creating the World's Greatest Journey of Survival

Book - 2013
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In early 1914, British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton embarked for the South Pole, hoping to make the first land crossing of Antarctica. For three years there was no word from the expedition, and most assumed the men had perished. Remarkably, however, the crew was alive, thanks to Shackleton's leadership. After their ship was crushed by ice and the men trapped on a small island, Shackleton decided to attempt a risky eight-hundred-mile voyage across the Southern Ocean. After seventeen days in a leaking 22.5-foot wooden boat, they reached the remote island of South Georgia, where they had to climb over precipitous mountains to reach the whaling station on the other side. Ultimately, Shackleton was able to rescue all twenty-two crew members--a heroic triumph of endurance and leadership. In January 2013, using authentic period clothing, equipment, and rations, and sailing a precise replica of Shackleton's boat, Antarctica veteran Tim Jarvis leads a six-man crew in an attempt to re-create Shackleton's historic crossings, while documenting the impact of a century of climate change on the region.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780062282736
Branch Call Number: 919.8904 JAR NVD
Characteristics: vii, 264 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Shackleton's epic


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ChristchurchLib May 12, 2014

"Outfitted solely with authentic items from the time period, one of the world's leading explorers recounts his modern-day journey to retrace the perilous 1914 expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton, a three-year Antarctic adventure that was one the greatest stories of endurance and survival ever recorded." History and Current Events May 2014 newsletter

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