The Shackleton Endurance expedition to Antarctica between 1914 and 1916 is one of the most amazing stories of survival. In 1914, just as World War 1 was starting, Ernest Shackleton embarked on a journey to cross the Antarctic continent in the Endurance. The Endurance left from Buenos Aires, and within a few weeks was in the ice pack.
Just a few miles short of Antarctica the Endurance became stuck in the ice. While icebound the entire Antarctic winter, the ship was being mercilessly crushed by the shifting ice. After being on the ice for 6 months, the crew were forced to abandon the Endurance and camp on the ice.
The most well known part of the expedition was the open boat journey of over 800 miles in mountainous seas by Shackleton and several of his crew in order to get help for the men left behind in Antarctica. This is truly one of the most remarkable survival stories of all time. Crossing South Georgia at the end of this journey was in itself a remarkable feat.
Not one single life was lost during the entire expedition, though at many times they could have all perished. Fortunately the story was well documented, in particular by Frank Hurley the official photographer, who took motion picture footage as well as the remarkable photographs that you will now see.