Image: Scotia Arc Expedition 2011 #3-1

Scotia Arc Expedition 2011 #3-1

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'Here we went ashore to visit the historic whaling station Grytviken and the resting place of the famous Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. One of his early expeditions was on the ship Endurance, which had to be abandoned after it got stuck in sea ice in the Weddell Sea and slowly crushed (January to November 1915). Using lifeboats, the crew finally reached Elephant Island. Then six of the crew reinforced one of the lifeboats and made an incredible journey onward to South Georgia. Upon arriving, they survived a huge storm, and climbed over the mountains to get to a whaling station where they could send word to rescue the remaining men on Elephant Island (May 1916). Shackleton’s leadership was largely responsible for getting all of his men to safety.'


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