Nimrod expedition: Shackleton’s ill-fated last Antarctic voyage

Fans of the 2002 hard-hitting adventure film Shackleton will know the story of how British explorer Ernest Shackleton saved his men after his ship was shattered by the freezing ice of Antarctica. Did you know that prior to this expedition, Shackleton made several other voyages to the frozen continent from 1914 until he made 1916? The house had to prove something on its second voyage. This is the story of Shackleton’s second voyage to Antarctica and his first voyage commanding the expedition that came to be known as the Nimrod Expedition.
What to prove
Ernest Shackleton was a member of Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic expedition from 1901 to 1904. Shackleton and Scott disagreed, to say the least. Towards the end of the expedition Shackleton collapsed from physical exhaustion and suffered a so-called physical meltdown. Most people would interpret this as an urge to drink more soup and take a nap, but he saw it as a sign of weakness and mental exhaustion. An attack on your masculinity. Even after Shackleton’s full recovery, Scott liked to remind Shackleton and his fellow researchers at the Royal Geological Society of their shortcomings and weaknesses. An enraged Shackleton planned to avenge Scott in the best possible way. It was to start exploring by myself and reach the South Pole for the first time as a human being.
Expedition Planning When
Ernest Shackleton began planning his own expedition to Antarctica, he soon ran into problems. He was unable to obtain funding for the voyage from the Royal Geological Society, the British Government, or other scientific bodies. Mr. Shackleton needed individual donors to start his company, but was not yet ready to fund the man who had passed out last time. He had to finance the expedition with what little money he could borrow to match his future income. Shackleton told himself it was nothing. He was convinced that after his travels he would publish his book and tell his own experiences and make a fortune. Unfortunately, the only ship he could buy during that time was a dilapidated wooden ship with the funny name “Nimrod.”

Recruiting the
team That was just the beginning of their troubles. Shackleton thought he could convince some of Scott’s friends who had accompanied him on the expedition to leave Scott’s command and join him, but he found that most of them were loyal to Scott. , deeply disappointed. Only two agreed to join Shackleton’s group. As a result, he was almost short-staffed and unprepared for a large salary. He referred to newspaper advertisements in which wages were low, working conditions were harsh, and the odds of success were low. The only thing he could do was honor and recognition.
Further confrontation with Scott
When Ernest Shackleton’s plans became public, his nemesis Robert Falcon Scott was not satisfied. This was because Shackleton stated that he intended to establish a base camp at McMurdo Sound, near Scott’s camp. Scott contacted Shackleton and politely asked him to find another location for the expedition. He claimed that all of McMurdo Sound was his territory and that his future explorations could begin. Initially, Shackleton seemed fine with this, but by the time he and his men reached the South Pole, Shackleton realized that the only way the team could reach the South Pole was to set up a base camp in McMurdo Sound. I realized that it is. The Nimrod expedition encamped there, despite an appointment with Scott.
Failures and Successes
From 1907 Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition in 1909 had both failures and successes. One of the latter’s most impressive aspects of him is that Shackleton never reached the South Pole. His team approached the South Pole, reaching its southernmost point at 88°23″S before any other team. This is a great thing for children too. They also successfully climbed Mount Erebus, the second highest mountain in Antarctica. There were a series of tragic injuries and disasters along the way. The team of ponies brought by Shackleton died in freezing temperatures. When the men killed and ate the pony meat, they all contracted intestinal parasites. A man lost his one eye to the injury. Another fell into a deep crevasse. Soldiers faced hunger,
lukewarm welcome
Despite what Ernest Shackleton said when he hired the crew, most of the soldiers eventually returned to England, as Shackleton expected. Wealth and fame did not come. The Royal Geographical Society initially rejected Shackleton’s claim that he had reached 88°23’S. They looked into Shackleton’s diaries and basically said he had lied about his exploits or had been deceiving himself. Eventually they accepted his argument, but the first refusal was a slap in the face for Shackleton, whose hatred of Scott was still burning. Even the gold medal awarded to him by the Royal Geographical Society was tainted with Shackleton’s hatred.

Shackleton was knighted for his work and enjoyed a measure of fame, but his publishing and speaking activities were not as lucrative as he had hoped. He relied on belated government grants to pay his men and the expedition’s debts. Perhaps this mixed result motivated Ernest Shackleton to return to Antarctica during his ill-fated Resistance expedition of 1914-1917, cementing himself as a key figure in Antarctic exploration.