Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

The men left behind on Elephant Island; ca. 1916

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After their ship became frozen in ice, 28 men and Ernest Shackleton (the expedition leader) sailed the lifeboat to elephant island, an island no one had ever stepped foot on. Knowing they wouldn’t be rescued, Shackleton took 5 men to sail 800 miles to a whaling station to get help. The remaining men stayed on the island having to create shelter, procure food etc, and hope that the others would be able to send rescue. After four failed attempts because of heavy ice, all the men were finally rescued. The men had spent 4 and a half months stranded on the island.


Fate of the crew:

Most of these men went straight into the meat grinder of WWI. Some were dead over the next few years.

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One response

  1. But, amazingly, not one human who embarked on the Shackleton expedition failed to survive it. (They did kill and eat their animals, except for the cat, which they wound up killing rather than leave it behind.)

    March 28, 2016 at 6:54 pm

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