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    Default Lost and found: the extraordinary story of Shackleton’s Endurance epic

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/...nce-expedition

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    The Endurance left South Georgia for Antarctica on 5 December 1914. Onboard were 27 crew members plus a stowaway, 69 dogs and one cat. Sir Ernest Shackleton, the expedition leader, was aiming to establish a base on Antarctica’s Weddell Sea coast and then keep going to the Ross Sea on the other side of the continent.

    Within two days, the ship encountered the barrier of thick sea ice around the Antarctic continent. For several weeks, the Endurance made painstaking progress, but in mid-January a gale pushed the ice floes hard against one another and the ship was stuck – “frozen like an almond in the middle of a chocolate bar”, according to a crew member, Thomas Orde-Lees.

    The men could do nothing but wait. After nine months of being beset in ice, they abandoned the badly damaged ship, decamping on to the ice. From the ship they took food, bibles, books, clothing, tools, keepsakes and – crucially – three open lifeboats. The cat and some of the dogs were shot.


    The findings of this historical vessel is significant in filling in peices of missing history.

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    Bumping this already. One of the most astonishing survival stories (and case studies of inspired leadership) of all time.

    This is just one of many documentaries:


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    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-60696085

    Looks like others have taken an interest.

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