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Shackleton items from the Archives

Articles from the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition

The following 12 articles are from the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition:

About the expedition

Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (Weddell Sea Party) 1914-1916
leader Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

The Endurance expedition is an inspiring story of adventure and survival. In August 1914 Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty seven set sail for the Antarctic in an attempt to cross the continent on foot. Disaster struck when Endurance was trapped fast in the pack ice just eighty five miles from their destination. She drifted with the pack for ten months and was finally crushed by the pressure, leaving the crew stranded on an ice floe.
The entire company wintered on the ice before escaping in the lifeboats to Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands. Shackleton, Thomas Crean, Frank Worsley, Timothy McCarthy, Harold McNish and J Vincent then sailed 1450Km to South Georgia in one of the life boats, James Caird.
Arriving at South Georgia Shackleton, Crean and Worsley made the first major trek across the island to the whaling station at Stromness. The fourth attempt at relieving the company at Elephant Island was successful. The ordeal lasted 20 months.