Monthly Archives: May 2013

The “fourth man”

“When I look back at those days I have no doubt that Providence guided us, not only across those snow fields, but across the storm-white sea that separated Elephant Island from our landing place on South Georgia. I know that … Continue reading

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Great difficulties and dangers

“I do not wish to belittle our success with the pride that apes humility. Under Providence we had overcome great difficulties and dangers, and it was pleasant to tell the tale to men who knew those sullen and treacherous southern … Continue reading

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“These are Men!”

“One spoke in Norse, and the manager translated. He said that he had been at sea over forty years; that he knew this stormy Southern Ocean intimately… and that never had he heard of such a wonderful feat of daring … Continue reading

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Rough Memory Map

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Worth all that we had been through

“I don’t think I ever appreciated anything as much as that hot bath…it was worth all that we had been through to get it. Before bathing, I saw myself in the mirror…three days before…living under the boat—I had attempted to … Continue reading

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Who the hell are you?

“Manager say, ‘Who the hell are you?’ and terrible bearded man in the centre of the three say very quietly: ‘My name is Shackleton.’ Me—I turn away and weep. I think manager weep too.” — Mansell, a Norwegian whaler who … Continue reading

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We had pierced the veneer of outside things

“We had pierced the veneer of outside things. We had “suffered, starved, and triumphed, groveled down yet grasped at glory, grown bigger in the bigness of the whole.” We had seen God in his splendors, heard the text that Nature … Continue reading

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Retreat, retrace, repeat

“I suppose our desires were giving wings to our fancies, for we pointed out joyfully various landmarks revealed by the now vagrant light of the moon, whose friendly face was cloud-swept. Our high hopes were soon shattered. Crevasses warned us … Continue reading

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Slide

“We seemed to shoot into space. For a moment I my hair fairly stood on end. Then quite suddenly I felt a glow, and knew that I was grinning! I was actually enjoying it… I yelled with excitement, and found … Continue reading

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Lit by electric light

“Men lived in houses lit by electric light on the east coast. News of the outside world waited us there, and, above all, the east coast meant for us the means of rescuing the twenty-two men we had left on … Continue reading

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