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Description - Shackleton's Boat Journey by F. A. Worsley

Frank 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 Details

ISBN: 9780712665742
ISBN-10: 0712665749
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 135mm x 16mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Pimlico
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-May-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - F. A. 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 is a traveller, broadcaster and journalist. She is the author of An Island Apart, Travels in a Thin Country, which was shorlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book of the Year Award, and Terra Incognita- Travels in Antarctica.