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Follow in the Footsteps of the Great Explorers

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous third Antarctica expedition – an expedition which saw a near disaster transformed into a story of heroics, dedication and determination.

Travelling on the ship 'Endurance', Shackleton set sail in 1914 planning to cross Antarctica via the South Pole. Within a matter of months, his ship became trapped in the ice and, ten months later, sank.

Having already abandoned their ship, the crew survived firstly on the floating ice before setting off in three small boats to the relative safety of Elephant Island. With diminishing supplies, Shackleton set sail again, with five crew members, to find help.

After some 16 days in a small boat, covering an area of 1300km, the team eventually arrived in South Georgia where they then trekked overland to a whaling station. Successful in their quest, Shackleton’s rescue team managed to get help for the remaining crew members who were rescued in August 1916, well over 12 months after their ship sank.

If you would like to see the wonders of Antarctica for yourself and even visit Shackleton’s grave, take a look at our amazing range of Antarctica cruises.

19. August 2014 by Joanne Wilson

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