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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 6
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2013-06-23 08:06:53 PM
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2013-06-23 08:01:31 PM
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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
2013-06-24 10:15:54 PM
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sinanju: This is the coolest photo from the expedition and the room gets a little dusty every time I see it.

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2013-06-23 08:05:40 PM
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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 07:48:18 PM
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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 06:11:50 PM
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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?
 
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