Shackleton’s Boat Journey
Introduced by Ranulph Fiennes
A story of tremendous courage and endurance, related first-hand by one of its survivors.
‘A breathtaking story of courage, skill and determination under the most appalling conditions’
- Sir Edmund Hillary
When, in August 1914, Ernest Shackleton set out to complete ‘a transcontinental journey from sea to sea, crossing the Pole’, he had already achieved renown for coming within 97 miles of the southernmost point on Earth. But with the glow of fame subsiding and his achievement outstripped by Roald Amundsen’s conquest of the Pole in 1911, he was desperate to lead the next triumph in polar exploration. His mission was doomed when the Endurance became trapped in ice just one month after leaving South Georgia. The ship drifted for around 1,000 miles and finally sank. Camping on ice floes, the explorers eventually reached open seas in three lifeboats, on which they drifted for 500 miles before reaching the remote and barren Elephant Island. In Worsley’s words: ‘Plainly the thing to do was to take a boat to the nearest inhabited point, risking the lives of a few for the preservation of the party.’ And so Shackleton, Captain Worsley and four others undertook a perilous rescue mission. All 28 men would ultimately survive what was, in all, a 17-month ordeal.
Shortlisted for the V&A Illustration Book Cover Award 2016.
Bound in textured paper printed with a design by Simon Pemberton
Set in Bodoni with Sackers Gothic display
Frontispiece and 12 pages of black & white plates, and 3 monotone part-title illustrations
9˝ x 6¼˝