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A Tale Most Have Never Heard

Posted on 11/22/21 at 8:59 am
Posted by Niner
Member since Apr 2019
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Posted on 11/22/21 at 8:59 am
What is a fascinating true story in history you know that most people have never heard of?

I thought most have heard it by now, but I only heard about Ernest Shackleton maybe 2 years ago. H-o-l-y hell that dude was a badass. I was talking to a group of guys last week and only one of maybe a dozen of them had heard of him.

Some quick facts:

- Led a 28-man crew over 100 years ago to explore and cross Antarctica.

- Got stuck in Arctic ice. Ship sunk and they camped on the ice.

- All 28 men fit in three small lifeboats. Spent 7 days in brutally cold water to get to a remote island (Elephant Island).

- Island was too remote for rescue still – so Ernest picked 5 men and they sailed back to their starting point (South Georgia), again, in a dingy.

- Shackleton then returned to Elephant Island to rescue the rest of the crew.

- ALL SURVIVED – close to 2 full years stranded in the Arctic.

See more details via Google or here: Britannica | Ernest Shackleton Biography
Posted by East Coast Band
Member since Nov 2010
62669 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:02 am to
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close to 2 full years stranded in the Arctic.

How cold of him
Posted by AlxTgr
Kyre Banorg
Member since Oct 2003
81546 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:04 am to
The Dyatlov Pass incident
Posted by Hogwarts
Arkansas, USA
Member since Sep 2015
18034 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:06 am to
Every man should read “Endurance” about this expedition. Those guys had stones
Posted by CarRamrod
Spurbury, VT
Member since Dec 2006
57391 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:07 am to
arent they making a movie about this? For some reason i remember a movie trailer about a ship going into the artic and getting stuck.

Tom Hardy will play explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in new biopic movie
This post was edited on 11/22/21 at 1:43 pm
Posted by dbeck
Member since Nov 2014
29445 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:08 am to
There used to be a documentary about the incident on Netflix. All those guys were badasses. IIRC at one point they lived in a freezing cave on an island for months living on only seals they killed and whale oil.

And they did it without the hope of ever being found.
Posted by pilsnerpusher
Member since Sep 2009
1359 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:09 am to
There is a great book on it called Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage.

Several things stick out to me about the voyage.

First, his leadership style played a large part in their survival. He led with optimistic pragmatism. The approach was always here is the problem. There's a way to either fix it or mitigate the damage. He never allowed panic or negativity no matter how dire the situation.

Second, his leadership style was infectious.

Third, the journey back to South Georgia may be the most miraculous example of navigation in the history of humanity.
Posted by jchamil
Member since Nov 2009
16423 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:10 am to
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here is a great book on it called Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage.


Great book, I had never heard of him until I came across this book and read it about 10 years ago
Posted by upgrade
Member since Jul 2011
12953 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:12 am to
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arent they making a movie about this?


Which comic book character would save them in the movie?
Posted by LCA131
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Member since Feb 2008
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Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:16 am to
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A Tale Most Have Never Heard


The story of

quote:

CarRamrod


is exhilarating, spine-tingling, mysterious, intellectual and more.
Posted by Niner
Member since Apr 2019
2026 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:16 am to
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The Dyatlov Pass incident
My reaction after reading the opening Wikipedia paragraph:

Posted by Niner
Member since Apr 2019
2026 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:21 am to
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the journey back to South Georgia may be the most miraculous example of navigation in the history of humanity.
Yea - I still cannot wrap my head around how that worked out.
Posted by AlxTgr
Kyre Banorg
Member since Oct 2003
81546 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:26 am to
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Russia opened a new investigation into the incident in 2019, and its conclusions were presented in July 2020: that an avalanche had led to the deaths.


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All four bodies found at the bottom of the creek in a running stream of water had soft tissue damage to their head and face. For example, Dubinina was missing her tongue, eyes, part of the lips, as well as facial tissue and a fragment of skullbone, while Zolotaryov had his eyeballs missing,


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Traces from the camp showed that all group members left the campsite of their own accord, on foot.



Hmmmm.

This is really hard for me to work out:

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The most appealing aspect of Kuryakov's scenario is that the Dyatlov party’s actions no longer seem irrational. The snow slab, according to Greene, would probably have made loud cracks and rumbles as it fell across the tent, making an avalanche seem imminent. Kuryakov noted that although the skiers made an error in the placement of their tent, everything they did subsequently was textbook: they conducted an emergency evacuation to ground that would be safe from an avalanche, they took shelter in the woods, they started a fire, they dug a snow cave. Had they been less experienced, they might have remained near the tent, dug it out, and survived. But avalanches are by far the biggest risk in the mountains in winter, and the more experience you have, the more you fear them. The skiers’ expertise doomed them
Posted by tadman
Member since Jun 2020
3730 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:28 am to
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at one point they lived in a freezing cave on an island for months living on only seals they killed


Holy cow I don't know if I could do that and I have a Cabelas nearby. How do you do that after your ship sank in the arctic???
Posted by TexasTiger89
Houston, TX
Member since Feb 2005
24228 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:28 am to
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Every man should read “Endurance” about this expedition. Those guys had stones


Years ago a manager I worked for bought all of us under him a copy of the book. A lesson in leadership.
Posted by fr33manator
Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2010
123717 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:29 am to
Dan Carlin mentions him in part 2 of Blueprint for Armageddon.

How he left just before WW1 was starting and upon being rescued he inquired about how the war had gone and the reply, I believe, was something along the lines of “you don’t know? The world has gone mad.”


quote:

Sir Ernest Shackleton: We have been away so long. Tell us about the war. When did it end?

Sorlie: The war? The war, my friend, is not over. They've gone mad, Europe has gone mad. They've killed millions and millions of people. It's a war like... no other war.
This post was edited on 11/22/21 at 9:35 am
Posted by wickowick
Head of Island
Member since Dec 2006
45785 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:33 am to
Posted by jmarto1
Houma, LA/ Las Vegas, NV
Member since Mar 2008
33777 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:33 am to
That was him? I didn't piece that together
Posted by FredBear
Georgia
Member since Aug 2017
14934 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:35 am to
What did they do for food I wonder? Unless they were able to salvage supplies before the ship sunk that is


Never mind, I missed the part about where they lived on seals they killed. What a hardship that must have been
This post was edited on 11/22/21 at 9:42 am
Posted by Putty
Member since Oct 2003
25478 posts
Posted on 11/22/21 at 9:39 am to
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Every man should read “Endurance” about this expedition. Those guys had stones


Awesome book.
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