Forum Index > Full Moon Saloon > Six men in a lifeboat
Previous :: Next Topic  
Author Message
Anne Elk
BrontosaurusTheorist



Joined: 07 Sep 2018
Posts: 631 | TRs
Location: Seattle
Anne Elk
  Top

BrontosaurusTheorist
PostFri May 10, 2019 10:58 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Wikipedia's main page notes that on this day (May 10th) in 1916, Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and five of his shipmates from the wrecked ship Endurance arrived at South Georgia Island after sailing 80 miles in a lifeboat from Elephant Island, where the remainder of the Endurance crew were marooned after the ship sank in the Antarctic ice.  Subsequently, Shackleton and two of his companions made a 36 hr trip across the island's mountains and glaciers - the first -  without maps or climbing aids to reach Stromness whaling station, their boat not being fit for a voyage around the island.
Launching The James Caird
Launching The James Caird

Alfred Lansing's book Endurance is the classic story of this amazing adventure, and Caroline Alexander's book is a great companion volume for the photos taken on the voyage by the crew. There are also the personal memoirs of Shackleton and the ship's captain available for real Antarctic history nerds.  The Shackleton saga is amazing not only for what they endured, but that they were rescued with not a single life lost. Time to break out my copies for a re-read.

--------------
"There are yahoos out there.  Itís why we canít have nice things."  - Tom Mahood
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
uww
Member
Member


Joined: 16 Dec 2015
Posts: 133 | TRs

uww
  Top

Member
PostFri May 10, 2019 2:54 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
I am extremely picky about books, and Lansing's is a great one. Thanks for the reminder.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Slugman
Slower than ever



Joined: 27 Mar 2003
Posts: 16075 | TRs

Slugman
  Top

Slower than ever
PostFri May 10, 2019 4:12 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Lansing also wrote a book called Shackleton's Valiant Voyage in 1961, aimed at older children.

My favorite version though is the Monty Python lifeboat sketch.

--------------
"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore. There is society where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but nature more..."  Childe Harold
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
  Display:     All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Forum Index > Full Moon Saloon > Six men in a lifeboat
  Happy Birthday Matt!
Jump to:   
Search this topic:

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum
   Use Disclaimer Powered by phpBB Privacy Policy