Sir Ernest Shackleton Was A Pioneer
Sir Ernest Shackleton was a pioneer in what is now called the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Underfunded and overambitious, Shackleton set out to cross the entirety of Antarctica via the South Pole by land. In 1914, he assembled a crew of 28 men to tackle the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition aboard the ship, "Endurance", but after six weeks charging through a thousand miles of pack ice on the ship, with a oneday sail left to the starting point for their land crossing, disaster struck. The ice began closing in around the "Endurance", eventually trapping the ship "like an almond in the middle of a chocolate bar," according to one of the men. The men drifted 1,186 miles in the 281 days they were stuck in the ice. "The noise resembles the roar of heavy, distant surf," Shackleton wrote in his log. "Standing on stirring ice, one can imagine it is disturbed by the breathing and tossing of a mighty giant below."