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Ernest Shackleton Biography




Sir Ernest was sent home early on account of poor health. Committed to creating a heritage, Sir Ernest directed the Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Catastrophe hit when his ship, the Endurance, was destroyed by ice. The last time Shackleton along with his crew wandered on sheets of ice for months till they reached Elephant Island. Shackleton afterwards died while setting out on another Antarctic expedition. In spite of the urging of his dad that he follow in his footsteps and visit medical school, the 16-year old Shackleton joined the merchant navy, attaining the position of first mate by age 18, and becoming a professional master mariner six years later. Those early years in the merchant navy found Shackleton travel widely. The excursion, however, finished badly for Shackleton, who f

Ernest Shackleton Biography