National Geographic : 1998 Nov
"One might as well try to cross from Ostend to Dover on water lily leaves as get over the pack from where we are now." ANTARCTICA After leaving South Georgia, the Endurance became beset in pack ice a hundred miles from her destination, Vahsel Bay. Fornine months the sea draggedherfartherfrom the continent.In Febru ary the crew played soccer on the ice (right) with their ship still intact. But by November she had been crushed, and the men were forced to live on the driftingfloes. Finally,by pulling their three lifeboats on sledges, they reachedopen water in April 1916 and sailed to ElephantIsland.From this barren spot Shackleton andfive men sailedon a desperate voyage back to South Georgiafor help.