Sir Ernest Shackleton, leader
By the time period considered in the text, he is an experienced polar explorer, having traveled to the Antarctic in 1901-1902 under Robert Scott and having led a 1907-1909 expedition.
Frank Wild, second-in-command
Prior to the expedition he has had an enormous amount of polar experience. He serves with quiet distinction during the expedition and proves utterly reliable and capable. He is well-liked by the men and always displays a calm-headed approach to any situation. When the expedition is split at Elephant Island, he remains behind in charge of the twenty-one remaining men. The primary frustration he faces during this period is boredom, and he is energetic in finding ways to occupy or amuse the men.
Frank Worsley, captain
His service during the initial stages of the expedition appears to have been rather pedestrian. After Endurance is crushed his skills became critical and obvious...
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