Endurance: Shackletons Incredible Voyage by Alfred LansingThis is a new reading of the thrilling account of one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded.
In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.
Lansing describes how the men survived a 1,000-mile voyage in an open boat across the stormiest ocean on the globe and an overland trek through forbidding glaciers and mountains. The book recounts a harrowing adventure, but ultimately it is the nobility of these men and their indefatigable will that shines through.
Trapped in Ice
An adventure story, Trapped in Ice is a fictionalized account of a real Canadian Arctic expedition that included a year-old girl, Helen, her younger brother, and their seamstress mother. The expedition ran into trouble from the beginning. Abandoned by their leader and frozen in the ice, their ship, the Karluk, drifted away from land. When the ship was eventually crushed, the crew had to make an arduous journey across moving ice to land to await rescue. This is a good story with a strong central character who grows as the plot progresses.
All rights reserved. Exploring the Antarctic has been fraught with challenges, like the famed Australiasian Antarctic Expedition of led by Sir Dougas Mawson, shown here above Proclamation Island in Antarctica after hoisting the flag on the claimed territory. Exploration still has its challenges, as the Australasian Antarctic Expedition AAE team learned when they ran into the teeth of a gale. As they sailed for home aboard the Russian research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy , winds drove pack ice against the expedition's ship and has prevented it from reaching open water. A Chinese icebreaker tried to assist but was unable to get through, and on Monday an Australian icebreaker made it only to within 20 nautical miles of the stranded Shokalskiy. If that icebreaker fails on a next attempted rescue , the expedition will have to be evacuated by air.