The Patience Camp would be the crew’s home for the first third of 1916. To make matters worse, soon the Antarctic summer (which coincides with our winter) ended and the endless polar nights began. All year, the ship had been trapped, the ice pushing and pinching the hull, the wood howling in protest. And old Norwegian whaler recoded the scene when the three men stood before the station manager Thoralf Sørlle: “Manager say: ‘Who the hell are you?’ And the terrible bearded man in the center of the three say very quietly: ‘My name is Shackleton.’ Me – I turn away and weep.”. With his death, Wild took the ship to Antarctica; but it proved unequal to the task, and after a month spent futilely attempting to penetrate the pack, he set a course for Elephant Island. For a reason: during the Heroic Age, no less than 17 major Antarctic expeditions were launched from 10 different countries of the world. (By the way, if you have problems following Shackleton’s plan—and the rest of his journey—we sincerely advise you to click here: once again, Wikipedia’s contributors have provided the most intelligible map on the Internet). Officers and crew of the Endurance pose under the bow of the ship at Weddell Sea Base during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17, led by Ernest Shackleton. After his death, the name of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton—who died in debts due to many failed business endeavors—was largely forgotten by both his compatriots and the world, contrary to that of his one-time captain and longtime rival afterward, Robert Falcon Scott. In March 1916, the ice floe where the Patience Camp is located successfully makes its way to about 60 miles from Paulet Island, but impassable conditions make floating to the island all but an impossible goal. Alexander, Caroline, The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition (Alfred A. Knopf, 1998), Heacox, Kim, Shackleton: The Antarctic Challenge (National Geographic Society, 1999), Huntford,Roland, Shackleton (Hodder & Stoughton, 1985), Lansing, Alfred, Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage (Perseus Books, 1986), Shackleton, Ernest, South (Macmillan, 1920), Worsley, F.A., Shackleton’s Boat Journey (Hodder & Stoughton, 1940). However, in the decades that followed, things changed, and nowadays it is Scott whose heroism and leadership qualities are often questioned, while Shackleton’s name has become almost synonymous with the word “leadership.”. . In August 1914, days before the outbreak of the First World War, the renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: the first crossing on foot of the Antarctic continent. The next day, the wind eased off and they made it ashore. Frank Worsley, Captain of the Endurance and navigator on the James Caird.Seen here on board the Endurance The Stunning Survival Story of Ernest Shackleton and His Endurance Crew. His jaw was like iron. Now they had a new foe to contend with: the open ocean. Twenty-five days later, what remained of the wreck convulsed once more, and the Endurance disappeared beneath the ice forever. It was headed toward Antarctica to cross the continent on foot. In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton leads twenty-seven men on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. In a way, Shackleton used this to his benefit while soliciting funds for his Trans-Antarctic expedition, playing “heavily on this matter of prestige, making it his primary argument for such an expedition. That happened in December 1911, when a highly prepared Norwegian expedition led by Roald Amundsen decisively beat the (ironically) better-remembered one led by a British Royal Navy Officer named Robert Falcon Scott. Things took a turn for the worst when the news of Robert Falcon Scott’s tragic death reached England. We’… 1-Page Summary of Endurance In 1914, Ernest Shackleton led an expedition in an attempt to become the first to cross Antarctica on foot. From the moment Ernest Shackleton and his crew aboard the British expedition ship, HMS Endurance had become immobilized 10 months earlier, they had been preparing for this moment. Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) was a British explorer most famous for his Endurance expedition to Antarctica (Larson, 2011). He launched one more expedition to the Antarctic, but the Endurance veterans who rejoined him noticed he appeared weaker, more diffident, drained of the spirit that had kept them alive. Soon after, to the dismay of the crew, the ice floe begins to break, and Shackleton has to plan a trip to some kind of a nearby land—using nothing more than three lifeboats. On October 27, 1915, it finally succumbed: the ice started crushing the boat. In 1914, Ernest Shackleton led an expedition in an attempt to become the first to cross Antarctica on foot. Nine days later, the ship (both prophetically and ironically—for reasons you’ll discover soon—named Endurance) reached the first stop of the journey: the Grytviken whaling station on South Georgia. Born in Chicago on July 21, 1921, Lansing served the U.S. Navy during the Second World War and received a Purple Heart for being wounded during his service. A voyage of this magnitude and consequence has never been attempted before. It threw freezing spray in their faces and tossed frigid water over them, and it batted the boats from side to side and brought brave men to the fetal position as they battled the elements and seasickness. 59° 46' S., long. His face was handsome, though it often wore a brooding expression—as if his thoughts were somewhere else—which gave him at times a kind of darkling look. It was almost as if he had nothing to accomplish anymore. © 2021 A&E Television Networks, LLC. In 1914, a ship called Endurance set sail from Argentina. “Every surge of the sea was an enemy to be watched and circumvented.” Even as they were within touching distance of their goal, the elements hurled their worst at them: “The wind simply shrieked as it tore the tops off the waves,” Shackleton wrote. The fact they drifted about 60 nautical miles from their intended target didn’t matter much: it was bearable. About a day later, the three men are stirred to hear the sound of a factory whistle: A peculiar thing to stir a man—the sound of a factory whistle heard on a mountainside. Unfortunately, just two days later it encountered the first ice pack on their journey. Worsley had by that stage not slept for 80 hours. The Ross Sea party was to set down a series of food caches from their base almost to the Pole. Shackleton and his twenty-seven crew members abandon the boat and … It was the first time they had been on dry land since leaving South Georgia 497 days previously. Then look no further: Alfred Lansing’s classic Endurance is its best and most spellbinding account. Ernest Shackleton died on this day, January 5, 1922, aged just 47. Written Case Study - Leadership in Crisis: Ernest Shackleton and the Epic Voyage of the Endurance This case study analyzes how a prominent English polar explorer and his team of 27 men survived an expedition to Antarctica that went dramatically and dangerously awry. Shackleton was bold and daring when approaching lords, kings, business men and physicians for sponsoring his voyage He was confident of his abilities as a leader Pictured to the right: Frank Worsley, Ernest Shackleton, and Tom Crean After the Voyage of the Endurance (1917) From there a small party, including himself, would set out on the first crossing of the continent, ultimately arriving at the Ross Sea, south of New Zealand, where another group would be waiting for them, having laid depots of food and fuel along the way. Help was almost at hand; but this, too, was not the end. The mission is not complete, though: there are 22 men still on Elephant Island and they are all waiting to be saved. For several weeks, the ship poked and prodded its way through leads in the ice, gingerly making its way south; but on January 18, a northerly gale pressed the pack hard against the land and pushed the floes tight against each other. His charisma, ability to focus his team’s minds and lead them through a physically and emotionally difficult situation to safety, is what keeps people coming back for me. And then he adds something even more central about his character, something almost superhuman in an Ahab-or-Santiago-kind-of-way: “Whatever his mood—whether it was gay and breezy, or dark with rage—he had one pervading characteristic: he was purposeful.”. Do not miss out on this opportunity! In December 1914, the ship Endurance set sail from a remote whaling station on an island off the southern tip of Argentina. “It is a return to the Ice Age—no warmth, no life, no movement. But their ordeal was far from over. Whalers there reported something portentous: the conditions in the Weddell Sea were the worst they could remember. Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge/Getty Images. Inside the front and back covers of Ernest Shackleton’s South: The Endurance Expedition are two photos of the team that accompanied the author on his final expedition to the Antarctic. "Leadership in Crisis: Ernest Shackleton and the Epic Voyage of the Endurance." “From the sentimental point of view,” he wrote once, “it is the last great Polar journey that can be made. In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton led an expedition to Antarctica but soon after arrival, Shackleton's ship--The Endurance--was destroyed by shifting glaciers, and he was tasked with leading his 27 men across the tundra, on an epic struggle for survival. From the safety of the deck, he and his comrades peered through binoculars at the beach where so many of them had lived in fear and hope. But after Shackleton’s ship, HMS Endurance, was trapped by pack ice—and slowly succumbed to its crushing pressure—the expedition's fate, and that of its crew, looked bleak. However, he achieved one of the greatest feats of the turn of the century polar exploration; Shackleton is not: he knows that this is merely the beginning of the rescue journey. Now, those on board removed their last remaining belongings from the ship and set up camp on the ice. The whole nation was saddened. “Eagerly on the lookout for the relief ship,” recorded Macklin on August 16, 1916. In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton embarks with his crew aboard the Endurance. Some of the younger dogs, too small to pull their weight, were shot, as was, to the chagrin of many, the unfortunate Mrs. Chippy. And by “beautifully written,” we mean “written in a way they don’t write books anymore”: Lansing’s prose belongs more to the 19th century than to the modern age, but that should be off-putting only to those who, unlike the protagonist of the book, are not persistent and tenacious enough to swim through the breathtaking layers of meaning and reach the surface both richer and more perceptive.A classic of exploration literature, Endurance is a story of heroic failure, and since heroic failure touches people even more than heroic success, it’s bound to remain engraved in your memory for quite some time. Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the "Endurance" set sail for Antarctica in 1914. Sir Ernest Shackleton was an explorer who in 1901 joined an expedition to the Antarctic. During the next month or so, everything was stockpiled on the floe. Of course, not everybody was impressed: in some circles, this undertaking was criticized not only as being too “audacious,” but also being kind of “impossible.” Perhaps it had been both. It will be a greater journey than the journey to the Pole and back, and I feel it is up to the British nation to accomplish this, for we have been beaten at the conquest of the North Pole and beaten at the first conquest of the South Pole. “In all the world there is no desolation more complete than the polar night,” writes Lansing. Directed by George Butler. The County Kildare man died having become one of Ireland's best-known explorers of the Polar Regions. The men on the island were settling down to a lunch of boiled seal’s backbone when they spied the Yelcho just off the coast. “There is no good in deceiving ourselves any longer,” he wrote. Welcome back to our series on the libraries of famous men.. Part of explorer Ernest Shackleton’s genius for leadership, was how keenly he understood the way in which idleness can destroy men’s morale.Thus when his ship, the Endurance, became stuck in pack ice en route to a planned Antarctic expedition, he didn’t let his men simply sit on their hands. Ernest Shackleton’s 28-men expedition set sail on October 26, 1914, from Buenos Aires, Argentina. And it’s not about merely reaching the South Pole, but about something even more daunting and unimaginable: crossing the entire continent from sea to sea, via the pole. During this time period,the Endurance is pummeled by enormous ice floes on a consistent basis, and ultimately is damaged beyond repair and sinks in November 1915. Frank Wild, Shackleton’s second-in-command, wrote that “at least half the party were insane.” Yet they rowed resolutely toward their goal, and on April 15, they clambered ashore on Elephant Island. In January 1915, the Endurance would find itself trapped in ice, forcing Shackleton and his crew off the ship. We’d like to invite you to download our free 12 min app for more amazing summaries and audiobooks. The men on the British expedition to Antarctica endured entrapment, hunger, … While there, they would make a few attempts to sled over the ice, but all of them would prove to be unsuccessful. HISTORY reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it is complete and accurate. Koehn, Nancy F., Erica Helms, and Philip Mead. He had a wide, sensuous but expressive mouth that could curl into a laugh or tighten into a thin fixed line with equal facility. His gray-blue eyes, like his mouth, could come alight with fun or darken into a steely and frightening gaze. Immediately understanding the extent of this new misfortune, Shackleton had no choice but to order his crew to leave Endurance and start building a camp on a nearby floe of ice, while salvaging as much material and food as possible. They had been within a day’s sailing of their landing place; now the drift of the ice was slowly pushing them farther away with each passing day. The 28 men spent months drifting on ice floes and traversing the Southern Ocean in … South: The Endurance Expedition, by Ernest Shackleton. While this was being done, the Weddell Sea group would be sledding toward the Pole, living on their own rations. And while some were crippled by seasickness, others were wracked with dysentery. The plan was to sail his ship, the Endurance, to Argentina, then on to Antarctica, then walk across the continent where another crew would pick them up. However, Alfred Lansing’s Heroic Age classic, Endurance, is not about Robert Falcon Scott—a celebrated hero of his day and age, but also someone whose leadership qualities and competence of character have been questioned in recent times—but about one of his officers during previous journeys, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton. The first ship on which Shackleton set out ran dangerously low on fuel while trying to navigate the pack ice, and was forced to turn back to the Falkland Islands. The British didn’t take the news of the Norwegians reaching the South Pole before them lightly. Ernest Shackleton's failed quest to reach the South Pole is still a management tutorial in how to face repeated crises. “She’s going, boys,” came the cry. His father was a doctor. Their record for exploration “had been perhaps unparalleled among the nations of the earth,” and now they had to take “a humiliating second-best” to a much less-renowned country. 1, and Emma), Shackleton embarks on a series of unsuccessful rescue attempts to reach Elephant Island, where the other men of his crew have, in the meantime, all but given up on hope. Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton CVO OBE FRGS FRSGS (/ ˈ ʃ æ k ə l t ə n /; 15 February 1874 – 5 January 1922) was an Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. All of her crew survived. “Once more I see the old faces & hear the old voices—old friends scattered everywhere,” wrote Macklin. Endurance may have been the name of Shackleton’s ship, but it’s almost the strapline for his entire expedition, too. Once the other three members of the James Caird had been retrieved, attention turned to rescuing the 22 men remaining on Elephant Island. In 1914, explorer Ernest Shackleton and his team of 27 men set off to become the first people to cross Antarctica on foot. However, when Amundsen reached the Farthest South latitude (90°S) on December 15, 1911, Shackleton was a bit shackled. The storms had pushed the James Caird off course, and they had landed on the other side of the island from the whaling station. But, as Lansing says, “if it hadn’t been audacious, it wouldn’t have been to Shackleton’s liking. He was sent home early due to bad health. The likelihood of anybody coming across them was vanishingly small, and so after nine days of recuperation and preparation, Shackleton, Worsley and four others set out in one of the lifeboats, the James Caird, to seek help from a whaling station on South Georgia, more than 800 miles away. To stop this from happening and neutralize the depression as much as possible, Shackleton organized Sunday evening gramophone concerts and monthly lectures by the Endurance’s photographers, among many other jolly events that helped the sailors keep their spirits up. Born on February 15, 1874, in Ireland, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton is now widely considered one of the principal figures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. His first experience of the polar regions came relatively early: he was in his 20s when he was assigned the role of third officer on Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s landmark Discovery expedition of 1901–1904 that was organized by the British Royal Society and the Royal Geographical Society with the objective of carrying out scientific research and geographical exploration of the untouched continent. Since the floe to which Shackleton’s crew had initially set a camp had also crumbled under pressure in the meantime, the crew had to relocate. 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