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Ernest Shackleton
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    (February 15, 1874-June 5, 1922)
    Born at Kilkea House, County Kildare
    Tried to reach the South Pole
    Tried to cross the Antarctic icecap - a more than 1500-mile journey
    Had a disastrous voyage on 'The Endurance' but vowed to bring all of his crew home alive and he did
    His voyage is chronicled in the documentary 'The Endurance'
    Portrayed by Kenneth Branagh in 'Shackleton'
    Ernest's birth happened to coincide with a disastrous potato crop failure.
    Tried to enter the army but was prevented by his poor health.
    He had an obsession to be the first person to reach the South Pole (he wasn't).
    It wasn't until decades after his death that his contributions to Polar exploration were more appreciated.
    At twenty-four he qualified to command a British ship anywhere on the seven seas.
    He was respected by his crew on 'The Endurance' even when he made some potential life or death decisions.
    He survived the harshest of conditions to bring his crew back home alive.
    When professional climbers tried to re-create the crossing of South Georgia, Shackleton's final trial, they struggled despite having modern equipment and being in good health (as opposed to Shackleton).
    His journey is seen as one of the great survival stories of all time.

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