Shackleton’s enduring legacy — 100 years on
A century after Ernest Shackleton’s heroic rescue mission, during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, the explorer’s story of survival and pure physical resilience is still as riveting as ever. August 30th 2016 marks the 100-year anniversary of Shackleton’s successful recovery of 22 crew members stranded on Elephant Island, two years after they embarked on the cross-continent trek also aptly known as ‘Endurance’.
When met with adversity, Shackleton demonstrated all the characteristics by which he is defined today: endurance, true grit and determination. The rescue did not come easy, it required four attempts; each met with hardship and obstacles. Shackleton and five men had sailed 800 miles across the Southern Ocean in a wooden lifeboat, followed by the crossing of an uncharted mountain range on South Georgia; to reach Stromness whaling station and seek help.
Cutting through the Antarctic’s harsh extremities, Shackleton persisted, a testimony to his innate courageousness and willingness to meet danger and uncertainty with leadership and tenacity. Over three months later, after thee failed attempts, Shackleton returned to Elephant Island to rescue his men.
Today we celebrate the centenary of this unforgettable feat. At Shackleton we strive to capture the essence of Sir Ernest’s courageousness and thirst for adventure, exemplified at its absolute best exactly a century ago. An epic rescue that included one of the greatest sea crossings in history is now a reference point for the limitless potential that lies in all of us. Be inspired — live with intention.
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