Friday, May 18, 2012

"By Endurance We Conquer" - Sir Ernest Shackleton (Part 7)

"Shackleton had saved his men. In a sense he had gotten them all alive out of the ice and one terra firma, but now how to get back to civilization." ~ Roland Huntford, polar historian
(Men left on Elephant Island, Cool Antarctica website)

After seven bleak days at sea, the crew touches land for the first time in 497 days in Part 7 of "Endurance--Shackleton & the Antarctic."  Although on land, the party is in bad shape and conditions uninhabitable. Shackleton makes the decision to fetch help by setting sail in the James Caird with a few of the crew.

Click here to preview Endurance--Shackleton & the Antarctic Part 7 of 11

Thoughts to Ponder
  • Shackleton makes a bold decision to fetch help and break up the crew. What do you think of his plan? Discuss his decision with others.
  • What do you think about Shackleton's selection of the members he chose to sail for help? Have you dealt with difficult personalities on your team?
  • Shackleton redeems members of the crew who had been demoted. How do you feel about giving members of your team a second chance?
  • What do you think of Shackleton's leaving Wilde to lead the crew on Elephant Island?

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