One hundred years ago, Sir Ernest Shackleton set off on a journey that would capture popular imagination for decades to come. The Anglo-Irish explorer made two attempts on reaching the South Pole, before embarking on his third Antarctic trip — one that would go down as one of history’s all-time greatest feats of survival and endurance.
The goal of Shackleton’s most famous trip was to be the first to cross Antarctica from coast to coast and through the South Pole. Less than one day away from the continent in January 1915, his ship, “Endurance,” became trapped in the advancing sea ice. It would remain stuck there for 10 months, slowly crushed by the pressure from the ice before sinking.
Amazingly, every man survived.