Few expeditions can ever have launched with a more appropriately-monikered ship than Endurance, the name of the vessel that took Ernest Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition members south to the frozen continent in 1914. The expedition has become the definiton of survival against all odds, as Shackleton's men somehow made it through an ordeal that began with the ship being trapped in and then crushed by the ice, leaving them adrift on a floe thousands of miles from help. My most recent retelling of the story appeared last week on the History Channel website; check it out here.
Jan 30, 2023 5:03 PM EST
After sailing to the Antarctic ( my 50th birthday present to myself 2005.08.28) in Jan 2006 I became an Antarctarian!
A sponge to all things Antarctic, even who Danddnong Show Champion in their 2006 Photographic Competition with a photo taken of a degrading iceberg.
I volunteer at Melbourne Museum(2000 to current) and in 2010 due to my Photographic prowess (🤣)was seconded to assist with the new project of digitizing
he museums rare books collection with a camera (x2) operated system. A wish list was sent out amongst the MM staff snd I said “ why don’t we start alphabetically with Antarctic books, with the International Geophysical Year coming up ?”.
So our edition of Shackleton’s ‘Aurora Australis’….. the “chicken soup” ( bound in the ply wood from the chicken soup crate ) was soon up on the Biodiversity Heritage Website (in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute), along with all the MM’s other Antarctic related books. We were all thrilled with the response.
As much as I am in awe of E S
my Antarctic hero’s though are Sir Douglas Mawson ( my reason for going south and can easily visit his haunts here in Australia) and Tom Crean ( I visited his pub South Polar Inn, Lower Main Street, Gurteen North, Annascaul, Co. Kerry, Ireland in 2016)
But I loved reading your article!!
Loved meeting you in Churchill ❤️
- Sue Halliwell ( super Sue)