The Lost Men: The Harrowing Saga of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party
Title: The Lost Men: The Harrowing Saga of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party
Author: Kelly Tyler-Lewis
An account of the support group that was dispatched to an opposing side of the continent to assist Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 historical crossing of the Antarctic describes how the Ross Sea ship was lost in a gale, stranding ten men marooned without supplies or a hope of rescue.
The harrowing tale of the Ross Sea party, the other side of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition
In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton sailed south aboard the Endurance to make history by crossing the Antarctic continent. Shackleton’s story is legend, but few know the heroic epic of the Ross Sea party, Shackleton’s support group dispatched to the other side of the continent to build a lifeline of food and fuel depots to bear his crossing.
“I had not anticipated that the work would present any great difficulties,” Shackleton wrote. Yet everything went tragically wrong when the Ross Sea ship, the Aurora, tore free of her moorings and disappeared in a gale, leaving ten men marooned with only the clothes on their backs and few provisions. With little hope of rescue from a world embroiled in World War I, the men decided to accomplish their mission against all odds.
Long overshadowed by the mission these men bargained their lives to sustain, this heartrending story of survival against all odds now gets its due in this definitive, surprising account of the last journey of the Heroic Age of polar exploration.