A Hundred Years of Legend of the Shackleton Expedition
In 1912, a strange job announcement was published in an English newspaper:
“Man Wanted. For the hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success”.
It is interesting that 5000 people wanted to participate in the journey and 26 people were selected. This team, with a total of 27 people, received “honor and recognition” award. We are talking about an expedition “Endurance”, organized by a traveler named Ernest Shackleton.
Usually, the ship lives the fate of its name. The word “Endurance” means tolerance and will. This ship was one of the few ships that witnessed the sharp wind, waves and the ice in the ocean.
The Scottish-Amundsen struggle for the conquest of the poles would reach the final stage with the Shackleton's expedition.
Amundsen won the struggle. Scott and his team were shaken as they saw Norwegian reaching the finish line first. They had no moral or physical strength to return. The same year was declared mourning in England. Everyone thought that the chance to march to the South Pole with Scott was missed. Ernest Shackleton didn't think so. He believed that he would walk up the pole and complete the last possible expedition.
Preparation for the Endurance expedition took 2 years. Shackelton found £ 50,000 fund. Two ships that would sail in the Weddell and Ross seas, with 50+ expedition dogs were waiting for him in Argentina.
The First World War broke out when Shackelton was about to leave the shore. Shackelton together with his crew who wanted to help the English officials voluntarily were ordered to go on a trip. The captain and his 26 men have left for one of the most unforgettable journeys in the world.
What makes travel so beautiful? The hope to return and share what you have seen, have lived and felt. The crew on the “Endurance” had to wait 2 years to return home. Although the expedition started well, the ship fell into an ice trap half-day before the end of the trip. The ship, which remained in the ice for months and returned by wind, eventually broke down and ruined. Shackleton knew how difficult the situation was. Still, he was able to maintain the spirit of the team that had to live on the ice for months. A football championship was organized on the ice. Competition on skiing with dogs was held. The atmosphere of music, theatre, conversation, and hope challenged the arrogance of the icy pole.
Shackleton did not give up. The team, which had to wait 15 months on the ice, planned a rescue effort by 3 boats. Interestingly, the name of this ice area was called "Patience Camp".
Shackleton had to take the most dangerous step. He and some of his friends took a boat called James Caird and sailed for 1200 km to South Georgia. Norwegian officials could not believe their eyes when they arrived at the shore. The people who were known as dead by everyone were alive. Shackleton could not rest. The teammates were still waiting for the captain for the rescue.
On August 30, 1916, a ship Yelcho belonging to the Chilean government reached the Elephant Island where the Endurance personnel was waiting. Shackleton, who was standing on the deck of the ship, and the crew who saw him on the shore, rejoiced. They could not conquer the pole.
The First World War put this miraculous return story in the shade.
Over time, more and more people began to hear and share the story. One of the most outstanding books about human will, endurance and patience belong to a journalist Alfred Lansing. Shackleton and expedition details, photos of travelers, memories, images of the ship will take you on a journey of 100 years old. Together with these people, you will freeze, live in darkness, and see the captain's day. Those wishing to live the legend Endurance can visit the Shakelton Museum in the province of Kildare, Ireland.
In a forum for travelers, Mr. Raymond Priestley said: “Scott for the scientific method, Amundsen for speed and efficiency but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton”.