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Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer and Sailor Ernest Shackleton

Full Name: Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
Profession: Polar Explorer and Sailor

United Kingdom

Biography: Led three British expeditions to the Antarctic, and one of the principal figures of the period known as the "Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration".

Born: February 15, 1874
Birthplace: Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: January 5, 1922 (aged 47)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Historical Events

  • 1909-01-09 Ernest Shackleton as part of the British Nimrod Expedition reaches a record farthest South latitude (88°23' south)
  • 1914-08-08 3rd pole expedition Ernest Shackleton "Endurance"
  • 1916-04-24 Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launch a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organise a rescue for ice-trapped ship Endurance
  • 2022-03-05 Explorer Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance that sank in 1915, rediscovered in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica in excellent condition

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