Ernest Shackleton

Learn more about Shackleton and his expeditions to the Antarctic

Read along and learn about Ernest Shackleton, the Irish explorer who set out to discover adventure at the South Pole! Dissecting Shackleton's life from his early years living in Ireland, through his youth and adulthood as he explored the unknown, readers learn about one of the most well-known Antarctic explorers in history. Includes fun facts about Antarctica, life during that time, and more, plus a timeline of Shackleton's life, as well as a timeline of world events, and a bibliography for further reading. Recommended for ages 9 to 12 years.

On October 26, 1914, Ernest Shackleton's Endurance set sail from Buenos Aires in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in exploration: the crossing of the Antarctic continent. The crew stood on deck to watch the city fade away. All but one.
Eighteen-year-old Perce Blackborow hid below in a locker. But the thrill of stowing away with the legendary explorer would soon turn to fear. Within months, the Endurance, trapped and crushed by ice, sank. And even Perce, the youngest member of the stranded crew, knew there was no hope of rescue. If the men were to survive in the most hostile place on earth, they would have to do it on their own. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

As adventurers from around the world raced to reach the South Pole and achieve other polar firsts in the early 1900s, outsider Ernest Shackleton and his motley expeditions would outshine even the British navy, becoming icons of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

Known for prizing loyalty, leadership, and skill without regard for rank or social class-and for bringing men back alive-Shackleton completed three death-defying Antarctic journeys. Called the Boss by his crew and Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton by the king, the Anglo-Irish explorer counted it all part of life's grand adventure (1874-1922).

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In August 1914, days before th outbreak of the Firs World War, the renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: the first crossing on foot of the Antarctic continent. Weaving a treacherous path through the freezing Weddell Sea, they had come within eighty-five miles of their destination when their ship, Endurance, was trapped fast in the ice pack. Soon the ship was crushed like matchwood, leaving the crew stranded on the floes. Their ordeal would last for twenty months, and they would make two near-fatal attempts to escape by open boat before their final rescue. Drawing upon previously unavailable sources, Caroline Alexander gives us a riveting account of Shackleon's expedition-one of history's greatest epics of survival. And she presents the astonishing work of Frank Hurley, the Australian photographer whose visual record of the adventure has never before been published comprehensively. Together, text and image re-create the terrible beauty of Antarctica, the awful destruction of the ship, and the crew's heroic daily struggle to stay alive, a miracle achieved largely through Shackleton's inspiring leadership. Published in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History's landmark exhibition on Shackleton's journey, The Endurance thrillingly recounts one of the last great adventures in the Heroic Age of Exploration-perhaps the greatest of them all.

Veteran explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's excruciating and inspiring expedition to Antarctica aboard the Endurance has long captured the public imagination. South is his own first hand account of this epic adventure.

As war clouds darkened over Europe in 1914, a party led by Shackleton set out to make the first crossing of the entire Antarctic continent via the Pole. But their initial optimism was short lived as ice floes closed around their ship, gradually crushing it and marooning twenty-eight men on the polar ice. Alone in the world's most unforgiving environment, Shackleton and his team began a brutal quest for survival. And as the story of their journey across treacherous seas and a wilderness of glaciers and snow fields unfolds, the scale of their courage and heroism becomes movingly clear.

The true story of the 1914 shipping expedition to the Artic that failed and whose twenty-two members survived against incredible circumstances. This book describes the unbelievable events surrounding the crew of the Endurance who set out to cross the Antartic overland in August 1914. Shipwrecked half a continent away from their base, all the men survived even after a 1000 mile voyage in an open boat across the most treacherous ocean on the globe and an overland trek through forbidden glaciers and mountains. The nobility of these men and their indefatigable will to fight back and survive shines through. James Dobson calls this story "a metaphor of the Christian experience."

Your Story Hour is proud to present this new set of exciting, dramatized stories. You'll enjoy hearing the adventure of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, the classic stories of the Golden Locket and Alone for Christmas, and other heart-warming stories of courage and character. Great listening and entertainment for the whole family.(Each CD is approximately one-hour in length.)

Stories included:

(CD1)SAILING SOUTH (Shackleton Part 1) The expedition begins/THE RELENTLESS ICE (Shackleton Part 2) The ship Endurance is trapped

(CD2)CASTAWAYS IN A FROZEN WORLD (Shackleton Part 3) The crew take to the ice floes/THE INCREDIBLE VOYAGE (Shackleton Part 4)Shackleton tackles the world's worst seas in a small boat

(CD3)THE IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY (Shackleton Part 5) Three men accomplish a miracle/THE AMAZING RESCUE (Shackleton Part 6) The conclusion to Shackleton's epic adventure

(CD4)THE DISAPPEARING TRUCKER A mysterious guide in an Iowa blizzard/THREE MONTHS UNDER THE SNOW A shepherd and his grandson are trapped by a winter storm

(CD5)ALONE FOR CHRISTMAS Three unlikely Christmas Eve companions/THE GOLDEN LOCKET A classic story of the heart

(CD6)UNCLE TOOTSIE ROLL The power of honesty/RING OF FIRE An adventure of obedience and forgiveness/THIRTEEN O'CLOCK Town clock bells trigger an unusual request/THE WALL OF GOD A family is rescued by a miracle of faith