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Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World
vividly recreates one of the most extraordinary adventure stories in history.
In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross the Antarctic continent from one side to the other. Five months later and still 100 miles from land, their ship, Endurance
, became trapped. The expedition survived an Antarctic winter in the icebound ship, then, after Endurance
sank, five months camped on the ice followed by a perilous boat journey through storms and icebergs to remote and unvisited Elephnat Island, 600 miles from Cape Horn. From there, their only hope was for someone to fetch help. In a dramatic climax to this amazing survival story, Shackleton and five others navigated 800 miles of the treacherous open ocean in a 20-foot boat and then hiked across the unmapped, glacier-strewn interior of South Georgia Island to a whaling station. In August 1916, 19 months after Endurance
first became icebound, Shackleton led a rescue party back to Elephant Island for his men.
Jennifer Armstrong narrates these almost unbelievable events with vigor, an eye for detail, and an appreciation of the marvelous leadership of Ernest Shackleton, who brought home every one of his men alive. With them survived a remarkable archive of photographs of the expedition, more than forty of which are reproduced here.
About the Author
Jennifer Armstrong is the author of many books for young readers, including The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan, Mary Mehan Awake, Pockets, Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat, and Black-Eyed Susan. She lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.