- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: The Narrative Press (1 Jun. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1589760905
- ISBN-13: 978-1589760905
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,555,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Shackleton's Boat Journey: The Narrative from the Captain of the Endurance Paperback – 1 Jun 2001
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On 1 August 1914, on the eve of World War I, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his hand-picked crew embarked in HMS Endurance from London's West India Dock, for an expedition to the Antarctic. It was to turn into one of the most breathtaking survival stories of all time. Even as they coasted down the channel, Shackleton wired back to London to offer his ship to the war effort. The reply came from the First Lord of the Admiralty, one Winston Churchill: "Proceed". And proceed they did. When the Endurance was trapped and finally crushed to splinters by pack ice in late 1915, they drifted on an ice floe for five months, before getting to open sea and launching three tiny boats as far as the inhospitable, storm-lashed Elephant Island. They drank seal oil and ate baby albatross (delicious, apparently.) From there Shackelton himself and seven others- -the author among them--went on, in a 22-foot open boat, for an unbelievable 800 miles, through the Antarctic seas in winter, to South Georgia and rescue. It is an extraordinary story of courage and even good-humour among men who must have felt certain, secretly, that they were going to die. Worsley's account, first published in 1940, captures that bulldog spirit exactly: uncomplaining, tough, competent, modest and deeply loyal. It's gripping, and strangely moving. --Christopher Hart --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
'A breath-taking story of courage under the most appalling conditions' --Sir Edmund Hillary --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The fantastic feats are woven with accounts of everyday life... you can feel the cold, you wonder at how they survived in nothing more than waterlogged layers of heavy tweed and a few furs.
By the end of the book you are left in no doubt that given intelligence, determination, teamwork and belief (forget super human qualities or luck), human beings are very difficult to kill.
Someone in the preface is asked which antartic explorer they most admired, i'll paraphrase, for science - Scott, for determination - Admunsen, if i was in a tight spot with no apparant hope - Shackleton every time.
I find it difficult to imagine how they navigated in those high (=low!) latitudes, in a roiling sea, howling gales and limited visibility; Worsley tells you how...
He also has the writers' gift of transporting you from your comfortable chair to the freezing, wet, cramped conditions of their boat - and yet still bringing to life the thoughts and feelings of this rare breed of men.
This should be recommended reading for all teenagers, so they should understand what life can dole out, but yet you can still turn the tables on fate, instead of sitting back and letting life ride roughshod over you.
Worsley includes a detailed explanation of how he navigated during the South Atlantic crossing, along with the challenges of navigation in partially unchartered waters. He also gives an insight into the pressure he was under at this time, knowing that the entire party's lives depended on his accurate navigation. His description of conditions aboard the boat are wince-inducing and it's staggering that any of them survived that journey, let alone the crossing of South Georgia's mountain ranges.
Worsley also sheds light on the care Shackleton took of his men, describing him as "fussy" and "almost womanlike" in his attentions to everyone's health. He recalls how Shackleton gave his last pair of dry socks to one of the men, regularly stayed awake so others could sleep longer and made everyone stop for a drink of hot milk if he thought one of the men was struggling.
There is a very good selection of glossy photographs in this book. Many are fairly famous but there are several that I had never seen before, including some of the sea camps and the whaling station at Grytviken. I would advise reading Shackleton's `South' before reading this, as his full account of the expedition puts Worsley's account of the latter half into context. After reading this book you will never again feel justified in complaining about being cold!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you want to read about the legendary boat journey without having to go through the trouble of reading a long lead-up of facts about nautical miles or the effort needed to put... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Beatnik
Told by someone who was there. Well written. These are the extra twenty words required. Well, plus these. Good grief.Published 13 days ago by M D Lambert
This is a reissue of Captain Worsley's wonderful book from 1940. Epic..a journey as yet unequalled -a voyage of over 800 miles .. In the Southern Ocean.. In appalling conditions.Published 12 months ago by MaryO'Donovan
What a story of hard men, doubt if this hardship could be endured in this day and agePublished 12 months ago by derek chatterton
A really gripping true story. It is hard to believe that anyone could make this sort of trip.
The trip was made to save his shipmates and himself from certain death so it had... Read more
Should be required reading for all Management types. Still it all happened in a time when calling a friend or engineer for help was not an option.Published 16 months ago by M. S. King