Shackleton's Boat Journey
By (author) Frank Arthur Worsley
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Shackleton's Boat Journey by Frank Arthur Worsley
Book DescriptionFrank A. Worsley was the Captain of the H. M. S. Endurance, the ship used by the legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in his 1914-16 expedition to the Antarctic. On its way to the Antarctic continent the Endurance became trapped and then crushed by ice, and the ship's party of twenty-eight drifted in an ice floe for five months. Finally reaching an uninhabited island, Shackleton, Worsley and four others sailed eight hundred miles in a small boat to the island of South Georgia, an astounding feat of navigation and courage. All hands survived this ill-fated expedition; as Worsley writes, 'By self-sacrifice and throwing his own life into the balance, (Shackleton) saved every one of his men...although at times it looked unlikely that one could be saved.'
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780712665742
(216mm x 135mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 6-May-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Shackleton's Boat Journey, Paperback (April 2014)
This classic tale of British bravery, loyalty and inspiring leadership has a new Introduction by Hugh Andrew and is available for the first time in B format, marking the 100th anniversary of Ernest Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica. It is one of the most breath-taking and inspiring adventure stories of all time.
Under Sail in the Frozen North, Paperback (May 2003)» View all books by Frank Arthur Worsley
Worsley was a naval officer and polar explorer, best known as the captain of Shackleton's Endurance. In this book, Worsley tells of his trip as co-leader of the 1926 British Artic Expedition.
UK Kirkus Review » When Shackleton's ship 'Endurance' was wrecked by pack ice in 1915 the 27 men of his Antarctic expedition had to take to the ice with what supplies they could salvage. They drifted for six months on the grinding, cracking, treacherous flows until they were able to launch their three small boats and to reach the hardly more hospitable Elephant Island. Shackleton's care and leadership had brought them so far, but now he had to find help. South Georgia, 800 miles across the stormiest ocean in the world seemed the most likely prospect. This book is Worsley's account of the voyage that he undertook with Shackleton and three seamen in a 22ft boat. He was the navigator and without his unique skill in those terrible conditions it is probable that this passage, from one minute island to another, would not have succeeded. Happily for us, Worsley was also a naturally talented writer and the dramatic story is interwoven with often acute, amusing observations of his companion's idiosyncracies on the voyage and a sense of his own awe at the menacing beauty of their surroundings. It is a pity that the publishers in reprinting this classic have not ensured better reproduction of the excellent selection of photographs that illustrate the book. Review by JOHN CHALLIS. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Frank Arthur Worsley
A native New Zealander, Frank A. Worsley served as a reserve officer in the Royal Navy before becoming captain of the Endurance. He commanded two ships in the First World War, for which he was decorated. He sailed again with Shackleton in 1921 and in 1925 was the joint leader of the British Arctic Expedition. He died in 1943. Sara Wheeler was brought up in Bristol. She read Classics and Modern Languages at Oxford University before embarking on polar explorations. A traveller, journalist and broadcaster, she lives in London with her partner and young son. She is the author of six previous books, including Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica, Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard,Too Close to the Sun: The Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton and The Magnetic North.
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