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Subject: [Leica] South Georgia Island and Shackleton's voyage
From: Frank.Dernie at (Frank Dernie)
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 08:38:28 +0000
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I have read the history and bought Hurley's book. I am not a sailor so have 
no comment there but I heartily agree with your endorsement of this book!
Frank D

On 3 Feb, 2014, at 21:20, lrzeitlin at wrote:

> Shackleton seems to occupy a unique place in the annals of 
> polar?exploration. He is regarded as a man of unsurpassed courage and 
> great leadership ability but an inept explorer. He was blessed with 
> amazing luck where it really counted. As a sailor, I am highly impressed 
> with his 800 mile voyage though the Southern Ocean, one of the stormiest 
> stretches of water on earth in a boat that I would find unsuitable for an 
> afternoon trip on Long Island Sound. I fully agree that much of the credit 
> must go to the exceptional navigational skills and small boat handling 
> ability of Frank Worsley. On the other hand, many would question 
> Shackleton's poor planning and disregard of the advice of both Worsley and 
> the experienced Norwegian whalers of South Georgia Island that led to the 
> loss of his ship, the Endurance. Incidentally, Shackleton is not to be 
> credited with the amazing photos of the Endurance expedition. He wanted to 
> abandon the heavy glass plates and movie film. All credit must be 
> given to Australian photographer Frank Hurley who risked his life rescuing 
> the films from the sinking hull of the Endurance. He later convinced 
> Shackleton that the photos would be the only record of the failed voyage.
> Frank Hurley, himself, was an exceptional person. He was an excellent 
> photographer. He recorded the Shackleton expedition on B&W glass plates, 
> movies, and the then popular Paget three color process. His photos of 
> Australian natives and their life is considered a valuable anthropological 
> resource. He served as an officer in WW1and, although too old for service 
> in WW2, worked as a combat photographer for the press.?
> A number of years ago my children gave me a large coffee table book 
> collection of Hurley's photographs of the Shackleton 1914-1917 expedition. 
> The book is titled "South With Endurance - The Photographs of Frank 
> Hurley" (ISBN 0-7432-2292-X). Every photographer should have a copy. It is 
> a masterpiece.
> Larry Z
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