Sir Ernest Shackleton & the Endurance

shackleton's face superimposed over a picture of the endurance stuck in the ice

こんにちは、Nです。中級以上の人向けに Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage という本の要約をしました。
太字の単語記事の最後に説明しています!※

Have you ever heard of Sir Ernest Shackleton or his ship the Endurance? I recently read Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage. It is a truly amazing story.

In August of 1914, Shackleton and his crew sailed from England for Vashel Bay in Antarctica. The plan was to land there and make the first crossing of the Antarctic continent. Then they’d meet another boat on the other side and sail back home.

This was Shackleton’s planned route.

However, the Endurance never made it to the continent; it became trapped in the ice of the Weddell Sea on January 24, 1915.

Endurance stuck in the ice.

Shackleton and his 27-man crew stayed in the ship, hoping it would get free for eight months. It never did. The ice eventually crushed the Endurance and the men were forced camp on the ice floes.

Endurance was finally crushed.
Camping on the ice floes.

After five more months of floating on the ice, it began to break up under their feet, and the men took to three lifeboats. After seven days in stormy seas, the crew landed safely on Elephant Island.

The men had to move their camp and lifeboats whenever the ice broke under them.
The crew landed at Elephant Island.

This island, however, was remote and it was unlikely anyone would search for them there. So, two weeks later, Shackleton and 5 other men sailed in their seven-meter lifeboat through the Drake Passage, the deadliest seas on earth. Unbelievably, they made it 1,320 km to Stromness whaling station on South Georgia Island after 14 terrifying days. Historians consider this to be one of the greatest open-boat journeys ever made.

Shackleton and his 5-man crew setting sail for South Georgia 1,320 km across the Drake passage.
Imagine Shackleton and his crew sailing in these seas in in the tiny boat above!
This is the path the crew followed after leaving the ship.

Finally, on August 30, 1916, after three attempts to make it back to Elephant Island, Shackleton was able to rescue all 22 members of his crew waiting on Elephant Island. It had been more than 2 years since they sailed from England.

The men being saved after 5 months on Elephant Island.
Image result for shackleton crew after rescue
The crew after returning to Chile. Everyone survived.

The voyage of the Endurance is one of the most unbelievable stories of courage and perseverance in modern history. I think everyone can look at what this group was able to do and find the inspiration to dream bigger, dig deeper, and dare to attempt the things they thought were impossible.  

  • endurance: 持久力
  • voyage: 航海
  • Antarctica: 南極
  • continent: 大陸
  • crushed: 潰された
  • floe: 氷原、浮氷
  • float (v.): 浮かぶ
  • lifeboat: 救助艇、救命艇
  • remote (adj.): 遠隔地
  • whaling station: 捕鯨基地
  • courage: 勇気
  • perseverance: 忍耐力
  • dig deeper: より一層一生懸命頑張る
  • dare to: 勇気を出して何かをやってみる

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