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Shackleton's Argonauts : A Saga of the Antarctic Ice-Pack
First edition
Author Frank Hurley
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Children's non-fiction
Publisher Angus and Robertson
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 140pp
Preceded by Pearls and Savages : Adventures in the Air, on Land and Sea - in New Guinea 
Followed by The Diaries of Frank Hurley 1912-1941 

Shackleton's Argonauts : A Saga of the Antarctic Ice-Pack (1948) is a children's information book by Australian photographer and explorer Frank Hurley. The book was also illustrated by Hurley, and won the Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers in 1948.

Book summary

Frank Hurley was the official photographer attached to Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition to the Antarctic. Known as the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, Shackleton's aim was to ship his party to the head of the Weddell Sea and then cross the continent to the Ross Sea with a small party by dog sledge. But things went wrong from the start when their ship, the Endurance, was caught and crushed in ice-packs. After months surviving on the ice, the expedition finally made it to Elephant Island. From there Shackleton undertook an open-boat journey to South Georgia to organise a rescue, which, after some months and several attempts, was finally successful.

Hurley was able to save some negatives from the expedition and used a number to illustrate the book.

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