Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance

by Jennifer Armstrong Author

(From Amazon): The harrowing story of the ill-fated Endurance, now in paperback.In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross Antarctica from one side to the other. Five months later and still 100 miles from land, their ship, Endurance, became trapped in ice. The expedition survived another five months camping on ice floes, followed by a perilous journey through stormy seas to remote and unvisited Elephant Island. In a dramatic climax to this amazing survival story, Shackleton and five others navigated 800 miles of treacherous open ocean in a 20-foot boat to fetch a rescue ship.Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World vividly re-creates one of the most extraordinary adventure stories in history. Jennifer Armstrong narrates this unbelievable story with vigor, an eye for detail, and an appreciation of the marvelous leadership of Shackleton, who brought home every one of his men alive.

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Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
3rd - 12th
Geographical Setting
Crown Books for Young Readers
1st Pbk. Ed


  • 1 Just Imagine
  • 2 The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition
  • 3 The Growlers
  • 4 The Fist of the Antarctic
  • 5 Winter on the Pack
  • 6 Pressure
  • 7 The Face of the Deep Is Frozen
  • 8 Ocean Camp
  • 9 Mutiny
  • 10 Patience, Patience, Patience
  • 11 Into the Boats
  • 12 Escape from the Ice
  • 13 Passage to Elephant Island
  • 14 Dry Land
  • 15 The Open Boat Journey: The First Ten Days
  • 16 The End of the Open Boat Journey
  • 17 The Cave
  • 18 The Alps of the Southern Ocean
  • 19 Camp Wild
  • 20 Epilogue

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