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Would You Answer THIS Ad? February 9, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Nature, People, Travel & Leisure.
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Wikipedia ~ Ernest Shackleton (in Public Domain)

The year is 1914.

Sir Ernest Shackleton needs a crew for an expedition to Antarctica.

To entice able-bodied men to join him, he places the following ad in the London Times:

Men Wanted: For hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.

Due to his stellar reputation, Shackleton received 5,000 applications from would be explorers.  From that number, he chose a crew of 28.

As expected, the journey hit a few rough patches.  The Endurance became trapped in ice which crushed its hull.  The crew had to abandon ship, taking as many supplies as possible.  For the next five months, the crew camped on an ice floe next to the sinking ship . . . until the ice started to break apart.

Wikipedia ~ Ernest Shackleton (in Public Domain)

Evicted from their frigid campsite, the crew spent five grueling days in three lifeboats to cross icy seas to Elephant Island, a barren and frozen rock.

From there, Shackleton, with a crew of five, navigated another 800 miles of stormy seas in a single lifeboat to seek rescue from a whaling outpost on South Georgia Island.

After landing on the far side of the island, 3 of the 6 hiked 32 miles and 36 hours in sub-zero temperatures over frigid mountainous terrain to reach the outpost.

Finally, on August 30, 1916, after almost two years in Antarctica, Shackleton arrived at Elephant Island to rescue his crew.

All twenty eight crew members survived.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Now that you know they all survived, want to change your answer?