Shackleton, South Georgia, Ernest Shackleton discussed on Against The Odds


It's midnight on may fifth nineteen sixteen. Ernest shackleton squats at the helm of james cared trying to balance himself on the rocking boat. They've been at sea for eleven days. He knew the eight hundred mile. Crossing to south georgia. Island would be dangerous. But he's never seen anything as fierce as the drake passage. The winds have been coming at them at one hundred miles an hour. The waves are almost twenty feet tall each swell grabs the boat lifting at higher and higher for the boiling surf into the air. One moment they're surrounded by hills of water the next there on top of the world overlooking an endless seascape of dark grey rollers and white horses. And then they're hurtling back down. Below water crashes over the sides and sends a small crew into a frenzy to bail before the next one hits one way was so violent it ripped the boats anchor. Clear away shackleton marches wars lee struggling with the rudder trying to control the boat through the gusts and the snowfall is only. Compasses dead. Reckoning and the occasional glimpse of a star they both know if they boat off. Course they could miss south georgia entirely. And never be heard of again skipper. Altaic take the rudder. You get some sleep ex-boss maybe i'll lay down for an hour. Shackleton is left alone at the front of the boat. He watches the angry black clouds. Churn across the horizon and suddenly sees a silver light in the sky. Weather's clearing boys. And then he. Here's the familiar hiss. It's not a break in the clouds. It's the foaming crest of a wave. The biggest wave. He's seen in his life and it's heading straightforward. For god's sake hold on it's got us shackleton's spins around and ducks to the floor using one arm himself steady and then the wave class the boat in his grip brin eerie moment. Everything is almost quiet. As a wave lifts the small boat up and up and then it hits the vote is thrown into the air suspended then drops down into the sea edging forward and back like a bucking bronco. The rudder seizes up about spins backwards. Water strings over the side and almost ripped shackleton from deck. He's completely submerged is not sure if are even on the seed or they've turned on their side there's nothing but water and then the waves were along. It's over shackleton sets up coughing. He can't believe it. The ship is bobbing upright. They're taking on water but at least no one was thrown into the sea. Is everyone okay. I boss grab whatever you can and start bailing. The next morning the crew was completely spent and now they're almost out of fresh water their bodies close to collapse to be so near and yet so far from the goal even shackleton feels himself growing somber on may eighth at ten thirty. Am the mist and fog. Breaks one of the men kirs into the water and spots a patch of seaweed floating on top of the bobbing waves then a cormorants squawks from above. Those birds rarely venture far from land. But still they can't see anything another hour passes and the fog parts and the clear voice of one of the semen rings out. I see land. There between the clouds are black. Cliffs rising out of the sea here seeing the sky and then the clouds drift back together hiding the island from view but they all saw it. Now they just have to get there between blazing hot temperatures and neighbors partying late into the night. Doesn't it seem like getting a good night's sleep is an uphill battle this time of year but when you have a purple mattress you can sleep cool and comfortable no matter what the world throws at you. That's because only purple mattresses have grid the grids unique ventilated design allows air to flow through to help you sleep cool. I especially love the purple pillow. I love how it's got these little holes in it to just make me stay cool all night long. It's just that perfect pillow. It's not too low. Not too high not too soft not too firm. And it's definitely my favorite pillow that i have on my bed at the moment. Purple is comfort. Reinvented try your purple mattress. Risk free today with free shipping and returns financing is available to right. Now you'll get ten percents off any order of two hundred dollars or more go to purple dot com slash the odds and use the promo code. Be odds that's purple dot com slash. The odds promo code. The odds t. h. e. o. d. s. for ten percents off any order of two hundred dollars or more from wondering. I'm cathy tackle. And.

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