Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage Setting & Symbolism

Alfred Lansing
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The ship Endurance is a purpose-built vessel intended for polar exploration. She is designed by Aanderud Larsen and built in Sanderfjord, Norway under the direction of Christian Jacobsen. Her design and construction are scrupulously executed to ensure maximum strength and durability; she is launched in 1912. Shackleton purchases the ship as the primary conveyance for his planned trans-Antarctic voyage. She sails from England in August, 1914, touches at Buenos Aires for final provisioning, and departs from South Georgia Island in December, 1914. By January, 1915, Endurance is within a few hundred miles of her destination—but has been caught in heavy pack ice. By the end of January the pack ice has completely surrounded the ship and frozen it fast. The crew remains aboard her until late October, 1915, when Endurance is finally crushed by the unremitting pressure of the pack ice. She is thereafter slowly ground to pieces...

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