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Shackleton's Boat Journey Paperback – 6 May 1999
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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
"A breath-taking story of courage, skill and determination under the most appalling conditions" (Sir Edmund Hillary)
"One of the great survival stories of our time" (Library Journal)
"A remarkable book... Worsley writes without heroics...but makes us feel to the marrow the conditions that the party endured before all hands were rescued" (New Yorker)
"Simply gripping" (Irish Mountain Log)
"A stirring account of a fascinating adventure" (Sunday Tribune)
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Get this jewel of a book.now, happily, reprinted and read it slowly. Read between the lines and even the words, and try to feel what it must have been like to have been pitched against the worst of conditions in the most inhospitable place on earth, with none at all of any kind of communication to the outside world, and with only strength, courage, will and comradeship to rely on. You begin to realise, through these men, what Tennyson, in his "Ulysses", meant when he wrote, "To strive, to seek, to find, but not to yield". A great seaman, and a great and sparing writer too, and one who had an eye for beauty in the midst of struggle against Nature, Worsley has left us with an immortal testament to the nobility of man undergoing the ultimate test.
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