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(Business Insider)   The coolest photos you will see today of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1915 expedition across Antarctica   (businessinsider.com) divider line 36
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2013-06-23 06:11:50 PM
Still don't get why he had to smash the 400 photos he had to leave behind. If they'd packed them up there could have been a chance they'd have been discovered and added to their record. What did they gain by smashing them?
 
2013-06-23 07:25:37 PM
Really makes your XBox achievements seem insignificant, eh?
 
2013-06-23 07:39:49 PM
Wait, 1915 and still using a big ass ship with sails to do this sort of thing?  Wasn't steam power the thing by then or am I completely delusional?  Did this guy just like roughing it?
 
2013-06-23 07:40:14 PM

WhippingBoy: Really makes your XBox achievements seem insignificant, eh?


Maybe yours. I'm the Archmage of Cyrodiil.
 
2013-06-23 07:45:29 PM

gadian: Wait, 1915 and still using a big ass ship with sails to do this sort of thing?  Wasn't steam power the thing by then or am I completely delusional?  Did this guy just like roughing it?


Did they have the range? You'd have to carry a huge amount of coal to sail all the way down there and then sail around and then back.
 
2013-06-23 07:48:18 PM

gadian: Wait, 1915 and still using a big ass ship with sails to do this sort of thing?  Wasn't steam power the thing by then or am I completely delusional?  Did this guy just like roughing it?


It is a steam ship, look for the funnel. Sails can save a lot of coal if the wind permits.
 
2013-06-23 07:50:55 PM
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Yeah, but who took _these_ pictures? Something is missing from this story...

/also, I see what you did there, Subby
 
2013-06-23 08:01:31 PM

Flint Ironstag: Still don't get why he had to smash the 400 photos he had to leave behind. If they'd packed them up there could have been a chance they'd have been discovered and added to their record. What did they gain by smashing them?


To make sure no one would even think of going back for them.  When the ship sank he enforced a policy of no more than 2 pounds of personal effects per person.  The only exceptions were one musical instrument and the journals.  Shackleton himself left behind a Bible personally signed by the Queen.  Hurley, the photographer, directly disobeyed Shackleton's order and retrieved his negatives anyway.  This convinced Shackleton to at least allow him to preserve 120 negatives, but the others were destroyed on the spot specifically to dissuade Hurley from going back for them.

Shackleton was a leader with serious balls.  He made some very tough decisions to ensure his entire crew made it back alive.

http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/walking/part03/tr ue .html
 
2013-06-23 08:02:52 PM

Jammybee: gadian: Wait, 1915 and still using a big ass ship with sails to do this sort of thing?  Wasn't steam power the thing by then or am I completely delusional?  Did this guy just like roughing it?

It is a steam ship, look for the funnel. Sails can save a lot of coal if the wind permits.


OOOh.  You're right.  Completely missed that.  Thanks.
 
2013-06-23 08:05:40 PM
The ship's name was Endurance.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endurance_(1912_ship)

It was purpose-built for arctic exploration and was both a sailing and coal/steam powered vessel.
 
2013-06-23 08:06:53 PM
Deslided version, for people who miss the "view as one page" link
 
2013-06-23 08:17:58 PM

Jammybee: gadian: Wait, 1915 and still using a big ass ship with sails to do this sort of thing?  Wasn't steam power the thing by then or am I completely delusional?  Did this guy just like roughing it?

It is a steam ship, look for the funnel. Sails can save a lot of coal if the wind permits.


This. To my mind, Shackleton's achievement of rescuing all his men, with only one guy losing a toe to frostbite, was like about three or four Apollo 13s of balls-out fortitude and resourcefulness.

Particularly sailing 800 miles in a small, half-salvaged boat,  to a glaciated island, climbing OVER it and then convincing the whaling station guys you miraculously found (picture a knock on the door of the ISS) that you needed to be shipped to Chile right away to save 40 more dudes living on smoked penguin in Antarctica.

/damn.
 
2013-06-23 08:19:14 PM
dragonchild:

Shackleton was a leader with serious balls.  He made some very tough decisions to ensure his entire crew made it back alive.

Seconded.


www.audioeditions.com

A really incredible book. I highly recommend it.
 
2013-06-23 08:42:55 PM

LiberalWeenie: dragonchild:

Shackleton was a leader with serious balls.  He made some very tough decisions to ensure his entire crew made it back alive.

Seconded.


[www.audioeditions.com image 250x250]

A really incredible book. I highly recommend it.


Yeah great book and an amazing story, I can't believe the huge brass balls that Shackleton had.
 
2013-06-23 08:51:34 PM

Science_Guy_3.14159: LiberalWeenie: dragonchild:

Shackleton was a leader with serious balls.  He made some very tough decisions to ensure his entire crew made it back alive.

Seconded.


[www.audioeditions.com image 250x250]

A really incredible book. I highly recommend it.

Yeah great book and an amazing story, I can't believe the huge brass balls that Shackleton had.


Not to mention his huge glass bottles.

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2013-06-23 08:58:14 PM

WordsnCollision: Science_Guy_3.14159: LiberalWeenie: dragonchild:

Shackleton was a leader with serious balls.  He made some very tough decisions to ensure his entire crew made it back alive.

Seconded.


[www.audioeditions.com image 250x250]

A really incredible book. I highly recommend it.

Yeah great book and an amazing story, I can't believe the huge brass balls that Shackleton had.

Not to mention his huge glass bottles.

[img.fark.net image 619x519]


i567.photobucket.com

Did you know that he discovered the Grand Canyon too?

/actually that was me
//at the canyon, not the one who discovered it
 
2013-06-23 09:03:14 PM
Oh and I took that picture a week ago
 
2013-06-23 09:08:23 PM

dragonchild: Flint Ironstag: Still don't get why he had to smash the 400 photos he had to leave behind. If they'd packed them up there could have been a chance they'd have been discovered and added to their record. What did they gain by smashing them?

To make sure no one would even think of going back for them.  When the ship sank he enforced a policy of no more than 2 pounds of personal effects per person.  The only exceptions were one musical instrument and the journals.  Shackleton himself left behind a Bible personally signed by the Queen.  Hurley, the photographer, directly disobeyed Shackleton's order and retrieved his negatives anyway.  This convinced Shackleton to at least allow him to preserve 120 negatives, but the others were destroyed on the spot specifically to dissuade Hurley from going back for them.

Shackleton was a leader with serious balls.  He made some very tough decisions to ensure his entire crew made it back alive.

http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/walking/part03/tr ue .html


Makes sense. Made me think of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STzgXXU6GpI
 
2013-06-23 09:20:53 PM
This is the coolest photo from the expedition and the room gets a little dusty every time I see it.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-06-23 09:50:11 PM
Paging Fear_and_Loathing to this thread.

img.fark.net

Also, how would you like to sail this 800 nm's?
 
2013-06-23 09:57:22 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Also, how would you like to sail this 800 nm's?


I'm pretty sure I could do that.  I could probably get as far as an entire micron.
 
2013-06-23 09:58:23 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Also, how would you like to sail this 800 nm's?

I'm pretty sure I could do that.  I could probably get as far as an entire micron.


LOL, stop that.
 
2013-06-23 10:00:05 PM
UNAUTHORIZED FINGER:

LOL, stop that.

img.fark.net
 
2013-06-23 10:11:10 PM
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2013-06-23 11:04:39 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Paging Fear_and_Loathing to this thread.

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Also, how would you like to sail this 800 nm's?


I wouldn't^^
Captain William Bligh, after the crew of the Bounty mutinied, was put off the ship into a 20 foot launch with 18 loyal followers. Bligh and his men sailed 3,600 miles to Timor, stopping once at Tofua where they were attacked by hostile indigenous fellows (one crew member killed). A voyage of 47 days in an open boat.
 
2013-06-23 11:14:18 PM

red5ish: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Paging Fear_and_Loathing to this thread.

[img.fark.net image 800x494]

Also, how would you like to sail this 800 nm's?

I wouldn't^^
Captain William Bligh, after the crew of the Bounty mutinied, was put off the ship into a 20 foot launch with 18 loyal followers. Bligh and his men sailed 3,600 miles to Timor, stopping once at Tofua where they were attacked by hostile indigenous fellows (one crew member killed). A voyage of 47 days in an open boat.


Captain Bligh was a badass in his own right. I got to board and tour the replica ship:

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 (since sunk in Hurricane Sandy), and I wouldn't go 3,600 miles in that, let alone Bounty's lifeboat.

/Bounty, the quicker sinker-downer
 
2013-06-24 07:23:46 AM
Okay. This is the second article in a row about pictures where I've had to find a link to the pictures in TFA to see them. Fark you, submitter!
 
2013-06-24 08:08:52 AM

red5ish: Captain William Bligh, after the crew of the Bounty mutinied, was put off the ship into a 20 foot launch with 18 loyal followers. Bligh and his men sailed 3,600 miles to Timor, stopping once at Tofua where they were attacked by hostile indigenous fellows (one crew member killed). A voyage of 47 days in an open boat.


The survivors of the whaling ship essex, after their ship was wrecked by a whale, were in open whaling boats for 90 and 95 days until they were rescued.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essex_(whaleship)

The craziest part of their story is that they were in the middle of the pacific. Had they sailed west they could have gone to the Marquesas islands. It was the closest option, but they were worried about running into native cannibals. So they sailed east to South America. The irony is that going this way meant their journey was longer, and the sailors who survived had to resort to cannibalism to survive.
 
2013-06-24 08:24:15 AM
That ship looks awfully familiar...

Does it also show where he found the giant frozen man? And the spectacles?

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/no sacrifice, no victory
 
2013-06-24 09:05:22 AM
Thank you, subby, for reminding me that my accomplishments in life mean jack-sh*t.

/feels balls retract in shame
 
2013-06-24 10:27:52 AM
Color photography was invented before color?
 
2013-06-24 11:06:01 AM

dickfreckle: Thank you, subby, for reminding me that my accomplishments in life mean jack-sh*t.

/feels balls retract in shame


To be fair, in Antarctica, one's balls generally fail to descend in the first place. Too...damn...cold.
 
2013-06-24 01:03:37 PM
I was surprised to see vegetation in the pictures, I didn't think anything lived there.
 
2013-06-24 03:22:32 PM
It was reading about Shackleton when I was a teenager that made me want to go to Antarctica.

/ I'll get there one day
 
2013-06-24 04:36:11 PM
Amazing story and how things just go from bad to worse and just when you think it couldn't get any worse...it does.

Was on a ship in the straights and an American base needed some supplies.  We launched a helo with supplies and I went along just so I could say I have been to Antarctica.  It was cold...and white.
 
2013-06-24 10:15:54 PM

sinanju: This is the coolest photo from the expedition and the room gets a little dusty every time I see it.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 200x296]


Here's the skinny on Mrs. Chippy.
 
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