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    Ernest Shackleton announces plans for Antarctic expedition

    Ernest Shackleton announces plans for Antarctic expedition

    Ernest Shackleton became a hero in 1909 when he had become the first man to get within 112 miles of the South Pole. 1912 had seen the failure of Captain Scott’s attempt to reach the Pole and the success of the Norwegian Amundsen. Shackleton had always been keen to go back to the Antarctic, and attempt a crossing of the entire continent, what he called, ‘the one great object of Antarctic journeying that remained open to him’. Just after Christmas 1913, Shackleton made public his plans for the attempt at the Continental crossing (announced in a letter to the Times, ...

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