Chapter 10

Perseverance

Never for me the lowered banner, never the last endeavor.

—SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON

On August 8, 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton and an experienced crew boarded the ship the Endurance and set out for Antarctica. Their goal was to cross this unconquered polar territory on foot. One hundred miles short of the point from which their on-foot expedition was to begin, an ice pack caught the Endurance. The ice pack dragged the ship farther and farther away from its destination and eventually crushed and sank the ship. The crew found themselves stranded on an open ice floe adrift in polar seas.

The efforts of Shackleton and his men to stay alive and return to civilization represent one of the most remarkable feats of human survival. ...

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