ON THIS DAY...




100 Years ago....


Shackleton, polar explorer, dies


Jan 5, 1922


Sir Ernest Shackleton, regarded as many as the finest explorer of his age, died today of a heart attack while in South Georgia on his fourth expedition to the Antarctic.


Shackleton, then a Lieutenant accompanied Captain Robert Scott on the first polar expedition in 1901-04, and his own expedition in 1908-09 nearly reached the South Pole.



In his last expedition (1914-16), Shackleton and his party made an incredible trek to safety by small boat and sledge after his ship, the Endurance, was marooned by ice. The journey involved an 800-mile hike over some of the roughest terrain in the world.



Article from "Chronicle of the 20th Century" ISBN 1 872031 80 3



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