What has been described as the greatest survival story of all time is the subject of a new Treasures display at the National Library of Scotland.
Almost exactly 100 years ago, a group of British explorers, led by Sir Ernest Shackleton, set out to cross the Antarctic. What happened next has become the stuff of polar legend.
Stranded on ice
Their ship 'Endurance' became trapped in ice-bound seas, forcing the men to survive for months on ice floes before making it to a rocky outcrop.
Shackleton and a small team then set off in a lifeboat across 900 miles of raging seas to get to safety. Eventually all the ship's crew members were rescued.
Geologist James Wordie
Among those involved was the Scots geologist Sir James Mann Wordie, who later became one of the most influential figures in 20th-century polar exploration.
His papers form the heart of the polar collections at the Library and help to tell the story of the Shackleton expedition.
20 November 2014