Author Archives: Ernest Shackleton

About Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.

A previous stranding: Antarctica, 1903

“We were forced to feed ourselves mainly by seals and penguins. Already during the first few days of our stay on the island, we were lucky enough to kill [enough] not only for our immediate needs but also for a … Continue reading

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A violent shock

“The captain himself was up in the crow’s nest, from where he directed the maneouvering. The orders ring out incessantly, and the helmsman is hard put to follow the constant changes… From his lookout point, the captain chooses his point … Continue reading

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Diatoms are again appearing

“Clark finds that with returning daylight the diatoms are again appearing. His nets and line are stained a pale yellow, and much of the newly formed ice has also a faint brown or yellow tinge. The diatoms cannot multiply without … Continue reading

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Rime of the Ancient Mariner, pt 2

Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge […] Two “The sun now rose upon the right: Out of the sea came he, Still hid in mist, and on the left Went down into the sea. And the good … Continue reading

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What the ice gets, the ice keeps

“All hands is standing bye we had a slight shock last night… there was a noise under the bottom aft the same as if the ice had broken up…. the Boss thinks it was a whale but I thinks different.” … Continue reading

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Scrubbing the decks

James Wordie, Alfred Cheetam, Alexander Macklin “…it fell to my unwilling lot to go down on my knees and scrub the passages. I am able to put aside pride of caste in most things but I must say that I … Continue reading

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Better off than the King

“A cheery little fellow, who had a strange outlook on life and wonderful views of his own for reforming various social evils.” — Alexander Macklin, on Alfred Cheetham “Some days we used to set off in the lovely long sunsets … Continue reading

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