When Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew members left South Georgia Island on December 5, 1914, they sailed south into the Weddell Sea. Their destination was Vahsel Bay, where they would disembark the Endurance and begin their southwest trek across the Antarctic continent toward the Ross Sea. Shackleton had arranged for a separate crew to travel inland from the Ross Sea to deposit additional supplies he and his crew would use during their crossing. Everything seemed set.
But what Shackleton and his crew members didn’t anticipate was the amount of pack ice that they would encounter. And so, about a month and a half into their journey, they found themselves on a very different expedition from the one they had so carefully planned: The Endurance became trapped by pack ice, which crushed the ship 10 months later. This left Shackleton and his 27 men stranded on the ice with only three lifeboats, limited provisions for food and shelter, and little hope of rescue.
This is the story of Shackleton's heroic journey, as told through the journal entries written and read by our Room 14 fourth graders who each took the role of one of the men aboard the Endurance.
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