The Voyage of the Endurance

Ernest Shackleton's incredible voyage to and from the south pole

Taking place between 1914-17, Ernest Shackleton’s attempted an ill-fated land crossing of the Antarctic has gone down in history as one of the most infamous expeditions in great ice-bound Antarctica.

Known as the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, Shackleton and his crew of 28 found themselves trapped in pack ice aboard the Endurance, which slowly began to be crushed by the ice, forcing the entire expedition off the ship to embark on a gruelling 17 months on a trek back to civilization.

As the expedition drifted on packed ice, they survived on seal, penguin, and eventually dog meat, while battling freezing temperatures and mind-numbing boredom. There seemed to be no hope of rescue in mind.

So when Shackleton, along with all 28 members of the expedition, emerged at Stromness whaling station in May, 1916, almost two years after their departure, the world was shocked.

Shown through achieved footage, this is the story of remarkable survival skills and a iron will to continue against all odds.

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The Voyage of the Endurance
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  • Release date1991
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Nancy LeBrun
  • Production companyNational Geographic