From the Archives: Shackleton’s 1914-16 Antarctic expedition

Researchers announced on Tuesday that they had discovered sunken wreck of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton Endurancelost in the ice of Antarctica in 1915.

Shackleton’s mission to Endurance in Antarctica left London in August 1914 in an effort to be the first to cross the Antarctic continent. They never succeeded. In early 1915 Endurance was trapped in the ice. He was dragged for months before being crushed and sunk, forcing the crew to start over the sea ice.

Occasional reports of Shackleton’s mission to the South Pole — from the first preparations to the final rescue — were carried to the Union.

From the Union of San Diego, Sunday, March 1, 1914:


Alcoholic stimulants will not be part of the South Pole load.


Two Steamers will support Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition.

“Complete abstinence to be observed in travel”, by the Union of San Diego, Sunday, March 1, 1914.

LONDON, Feb 28 – Absolute abstinence from alcohol will be strictly observed during Sir Ernest Sackleton’s trip to the South Polar Continent. He and his men suggest working long hours, including eight hours each day, but as a stimulant they will not rely on anything stronger than tea and cocoa. Tea will be consumed at noon to cool men for the afternoon course and cocoa the last thing at night to maintain body heat during bedtime. Sugar will be largely in portions. On his last mission, Sir Ernest and his companions took two or three lumps of sugar every two or three hours, and he says that ten minutes after eating they could feel the heat passing through their bodies.

The men who have been selected so far for the mission are between thirty and forty-one years old. A man, he says, does not reach his full potential until he is twenty-five, and whatever the superiority of youth in the way of spring, nerves and excitement, they do not weigh on the old man’s staying power or his balanced judgment. who has experience behind him ….

From the Union of San Diego, Monday, September 4, 1916:

The Marooned Band was saved from the ice of Antarctica

Shackleton succeeded in the third attempt to reach men on Elephant Island.

From the Associated Press

PUNTA ARENAS, Chile, September 3rd. – Lieutenant Sr. Ernest H. Shackleton rescued members of his Antarctic mission trapped on Elephant Island. Shackleton is back here today with his men safe and sound on the Yelcho lifeboat.

Sir Ernest Shackleton left Punta Arenas on August 26 aboard the Yelcho for a third attempt to rescue his men who had sunk on Elephant Island. After the failure of his mission in Antarctica, Shackleton with five members of his crew managed to reach Port Stanley, in the Falkland Islands, on May 31. Another twenty-two of the crew remained on Elephant Island on April 12. The first attempt to rescue men took place in June and the second attempt in July, both of which failed due to ice.

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