It is probably the most famous tale of heroic adventure of the twentieth century. In 1914, Ernest Shackleton set off on his third trip to Antarctica. His mission: to cross the frozen continent via the South Pole. Late in 1915, however, his ship Endurance was crushed by ice and sank in the Weddell Sea. The crew survived, living on floating ice until April 1916 when they left in three boats and eventually reached Elephant Island. Along with five crew members, Shackleton went to seek help. The men traversed 1,300km of sea over two weeks, eventually reaching South Georgia, where they trekked to the island's whaling station. All of the remaining Endurance crew were rescued in August 1916.
An extraordinary new set of new photographs taken by expedition photographer, Frank Hurley, have recently come to light. Visit the Royal Geographical Society website to view the images and learn more about Shackleton's adventures.