Please note: In satellite mode, the ship symbols in the lower right-hand corner appear to be on land; even though they are at their correct coordinate locations. However, the ship is actually 20 miles or more off the coast. If you switch to terrain mode you will discover that what appears to be land is actually drifting ice that has surrounded the ship. This block of ice locks the ship in place and moves the ship to other locations as it continues to drift, until the ice becomes so inflexible that it crushes the ship's hull, forcing the crew to abandon ship.
Also note: Those "life-boat" symbols and "tent on ice floe" symbols are actual locations you can click on for more information.
The locations and coordinates were obtained from the following sources:
- Project Guttenberg's eBook: South! The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917, by Sir Ernest Shackleton
- Wikipedia's page on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition
- Wikipedia's page on Ernest Shackleton
#16 - The Endurance sinks.
Book: South! The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917, by Sir Ernest Shackleton
Chapter 4 - “Then came a fateful day—Wednesday, October 27. The position was lat. 69° 5´ S., long. 51° 30´ W. The temperature was —8.5° Fahr., a gentle southerly breeze was blowing and the sun shone in a clear sky."
“After long months of ceaseless anxiety and strain, after times when hope beat high and times when the outlook was black indeed, the end of the Endurance has come. But though we have been compelled to abandon the ship, which is crushed beyond all hope of ever being righted, we are alive and well, and we have stores and equipment for the task that lies before us. The task is to reach land with all the members of the Expedition.”
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