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Frank Worsley shared with Sir Ernest Shackleton one of the greatest adventures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic explorartion. After their ship Endurance was crushed in the ice in 1915, they made what is perhaps the most famous small-boat journey in history, across 800 miles of the world's roughest seas to get help. Worsley's diaries and notes still provide the main records o Frank Worsley shared with Sir Ernest Shackleton one of the greatest adventures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic explorartion. After their ship Endurance was crushed in the ice in 1915, they made what is perhaps the most famous small-boat journey in history, across 800 miles of the world's roughest seas to get help. Worsley's diaries and notes still provide the main records of that journey, yet the fame of Shackleton rather overshadowed the modest New Zealander. This first ever biography of Worsley sets out to restore the balance. It tells the full story of his extraordinary life, from childhood as a larrikin in Akaroa, New Zealand, to his apprenticeship at sea, and the devolpment of his remarkable skills as navigator and sailing master. It also backgrounds the particular friendship that fourished betweeen Worsley and Shackleton. In an age of mass communications, Frank Worsley would have been a public figure as famous as Sir Edmund Hillary. This biography gives an unhallowed yet eminent New Zealander his proper place in history.


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Frank Worsley shared with Sir Ernest Shackleton one of the greatest adventures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic explorartion. After their ship Endurance was crushed in the ice in 1915, they made what is perhaps the most famous small-boat journey in history, across 800 miles of the world's roughest seas to get help. Worsley's diaries and notes still provide the main records o Frank Worsley shared with Sir Ernest Shackleton one of the greatest adventures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic explorartion. After their ship Endurance was crushed in the ice in 1915, they made what is perhaps the most famous small-boat journey in history, across 800 miles of the world's roughest seas to get help. Worsley's diaries and notes still provide the main records of that journey, yet the fame of Shackleton rather overshadowed the modest New Zealander. This first ever biography of Worsley sets out to restore the balance. It tells the full story of his extraordinary life, from childhood as a larrikin in Akaroa, New Zealand, to his apprenticeship at sea, and the devolpment of his remarkable skills as navigator and sailing master. It also backgrounds the particular friendship that fourished betweeen Worsley and Shackleton. In an age of mass communications, Frank Worsley would have been a public figure as famous as Sir Edmund Hillary. This biography gives an unhallowed yet eminent New Zealander his proper place in history.

30 review for Shackelton's Captain: A Biography of Frank Worsley

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This is a new edition of this book (but the ISBN doesn't work here, so I'm using the old edition). It is just so beautiful to look at - thick pages and lots of lovely black and white photographs. It's a positive portrayal of Frank Worsley but then again, he was a pretty special guy! I wish I'd gone to the Akaroa museum when I was there in November and seen some of the memorabilia that was shown in the book but I did get to see his house! This is a new edition of this book (but the ISBN doesn't work here, so I'm using the old edition). It is just so beautiful to look at - thick pages and lots of lovely black and white photographs. It's a positive portrayal of Frank Worsley but then again, he was a pretty special guy! I wish I'd gone to the Akaroa museum when I was there in November and seen some of the memorabilia that was shown in the book but I did get to see his house!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Exhaustive coverage of Captain Frank Worsley's life. Worsley was the captain and navigator that arguably got Shackleton's butt out of a bind. Without Worsley there would be no Shackleton story (other than being lost in the ice). I think in some ways it's a better read than "South", the book that Shackleton produced Exhaustive coverage of Captain Frank Worsley's life. Worsley was the captain and navigator that arguably got Shackleton's butt out of a bind. Without Worsley there would be no Shackleton story (other than being lost in the ice). I think in some ways it's a better read than "South", the book that Shackleton produced

  3. 5 out of 5

    James

    I love travel-adventure books with "survival" as a goal I love travel-adventure books with "survival" as a goal

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jill Mccaw

    What an amazing man. A visit to the museum while on a trip to Akaroa sent me looking for information on Worsley. I had a little knowledge on his adventures with Shackleton and expected the parts of the book that weren't about that to be dull. I was wrong. The story of survival in the antarctic, epic as it was, was only one chapter in an extraordinary life. The rest of it is equally interesting but little known. Thomson's book is engaging from beginning to end and his hero is one that if he'd bee What an amazing man. A visit to the museum while on a trip to Akaroa sent me looking for information on Worsley. I had a little knowledge on his adventures with Shackleton and expected the parts of the book that weren't about that to be dull. I was wrong. The story of survival in the antarctic, epic as it was, was only one chapter in an extraordinary life. The rest of it is equally interesting but little known. Thomson's book is engaging from beginning to end and his hero is one that if he'd been created in fiction, we wouldn't believe.

  5. 5 out of 5

    evie

    a new perspective on this expedition. bravery, courage and true "endurance". this man, captain Frank Worsley is the true hero of this expedition. all were brave men but without Worsley many, if not all, could had perished. a new perspective on this expedition. bravery, courage and true "endurance". this man, captain Frank Worsley is the true hero of this expedition. all were brave men but without Worsley many, if not all, could had perished.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Keith

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charley

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    Edwin

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chika Mika

    I had to read it for school, and let's just say I wanted to burn it. I had to read it for school, and let's just say I wanted to burn it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Marchesseault

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    Don Mirra

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    James Sims

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    Catherine Mayo

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    Javier

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    Pauline Suarez

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    Eduardo

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    Carl Feinerman

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    Amanda Montoya

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    John Vance

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    Jack

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    Dan Kujala

  30. 5 out of 5

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