There is no greater
destination than a dream
Shackleton set sail on his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition on the 8th August 1914 – a brave attempt to voyage from sea to sea across Antarctica via the pole. However in a cruel twist of fate, his ship Endurance became stuck in pack ice and was slowly crushed.
The crew escaped by camping on the sea ice while the ship slowly disintegrated before Shackleton led them in a fleet of lifeboats to Elephant island. From there he took five of his crew on a death-defying 720 mile trip in a tiny lifeboat – James Caird – to South Georgia.
After an equally perilous 32 mile land crossing over mountainous terrain, Shackleton reached a whaling station and raised the alarm. On 30 August 1916 – over a year and a half after his ship first became stuck – his remaining men were rescued from the island.
A century on, this story of courage and determination against seemingly insurmountable odds still resonates. This is why Shackleton’s great grandson, Patrick Bergel, agreed to retrace part of his journey in a Santa Fe.