The Rescue (August 30, 1916)
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|On South Georgia:
After marching without rest for 36 hours straight, on May 20, 1916, Shackleton, Worsley, and Crean walked into South Georgias Stromness Station. Unrecognizable at first in their rags and dirty faces, Shackleton and his men were greeted with enthusiasm and concern by the station manager, Mr. Sorlle. The whaling station members quickly reunited Shackleton with his men on the other side of South Georgia. They immediately began planning a rescue for the crewmembers left on Elephant Island. The thick ice surrounding the island however, made immediate rescue impossible. Over the next three months Shackleton made numerous attempts to reach Elephant Island. He was growing more and more concerned for the health and welfare of the men left behind.
On Elephant Island:
August 29, 1916 was clear, with a strong wind. "Preparations are being pushed along for sending one of our two boats," wrote Lees. "Wild has it all nicely cut and dried, & has revealed his plans to the favored few. He and four others are to go in the Dudley Docker, and will make their way along along carefully under the lee of the land from island to island of the South Shetlands...until they reach Deception Island about 250 miles away to our SW." According to this plan, the Docker would set out about October 5, in order to catch the whalers who plied the waters around Deception Island.
August 30, 1916:
Finally, with the help of the Chilean tug Yelcho Shackleton was able to break through the pack ice. Shackleton viewing through binoculars shouted, "They are all there." Miraculously, after two years and against impossible odds, all of the members of the Endurance expedition were rescued.
|Home - Endurance||Voyage of the James Caird|
|The Voyage South||South Georgia Island|
|Ship Beset and Crushed||The Rescue|
|Ocean and Patience Camps||Sir Ernest Shackleton|
|Elephant Island||Expedition Members|
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