Shackleton Quote

Shackleton Quote


In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Shackleton crew survival in Antarctica, here is his excerpt on the “fourth man”…the Christ… in their an experience which was similar to those of the three biblical Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace (in Daniel 3:25) :


“When I look back at those days I have no doubt that Providence guided us, not only across those snow fields, but across the storm-white sea that separated Elephant Island from our landing place on South Georgia. I know that during that long and racking march of thirty-six hours over the unnamed mountains and glaciers of South Georgia it seemed to me often that we were four, not three. I said nothing to my companions on the point, but afterwards Worsley said to me, “Boss, I had a curious feeling on the march that there was another person with us.” Crean confessed to the same idea. One feels “the dearth of human words, the roughness of mortal speech” in trying to describe things intangible, but a record of our journeys would be incomplete without a reference to a subject very near to our hearts.”


Ernest Shackleton, South America


(thanks to Google for the historical photos)

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