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South! The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ernest Shackleton

Narrated By: LibriVox Volunteers

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: September 2016

Duration: 15 hours 34 minutes

Summary:

Shackleton's most famous expedition was planned to be an attempt to cross Antarctica from the Weddell Sea south of the Atlantic, to the Ross Sea south of the Pacific, by way of the Pole. It set out from London on 1 August 1914, and reached the Weddell Sea on January 10, 1915, where the pack ice closed in on the Endurance. The ship was broken by the ice on 27 October 1915. The 28 crew members managed to flee to Elephant Island, bringing three small boats with them. Shackleton and five other men managed to reach the southern coast of South Georgia in one of the small boats (in a real epic journey). Shackleton managed to rescue all of the stranded crew from Elephant Island without loss in the Chilean's navy seagoing steam tug Yelcho, on August 30, 1916, in the middle of the Antarctic winter. (Summary from Wikipedia)

As the last section of this project we include a short original recording by Ernest Shackleton about the expedition.

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  • jason s

    An interesting insight into antarctic exploration in the early 1900s. People think they got it rough today. Sheesh they don't know nothing. Brings some a new meaning to the old tail of walking uphill both ways to school, barefoot in the snow. Narrators were okay.

  • Charles Newberg

    Great story of survival.