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Spirit of Shackleton Program

Program about Ernest Shackleton and and the crew of The Endurance. The library is partnering with the Mackinaw Area Historical Society to bring Rand Shackleton to speak about this extraordinary adventure.
  • When Apr 13, 2015 from 07:00 PM to 07:00 PM (US/Eastern / UTC-400)
  • Where Mackinaw City Schools
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  • Contact Phone 231-436-5451
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Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 men were marooned off the coast of Antarctica after their ship, The Endurance, was crushed by pack ice and sank.  The men then began a life and death struggle that lasted for a year and a half.

Forced to camp in tents on the ice for four months, the men endured blizzards and sub-zero temperatures until they were finally able to launch three small lifeboats.  Constantly drenched by breaking waves, they rowed for six days and nights to reach remote Elephant Island.  Shackleton and five of the men then sailed one of the lifeboats 800 miles across the roughest ocean on earth to secure rescue on south Georgia Island.  the whaling station that was their destination was on the opposite side of the island, forcing Shackleton to cross the uncharted interior, scaling mountains and glaciers until reaching the inhabited whaling station.  After repeated tries and four months later, Shackleton was able to return to Elephant Island and rescue his men.

Not a single life was lost.

Please join us for the story of this remarkable adventure.

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