Pray for Shackleton

For scientific discovery give me Scott;
for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen;
but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.
These four came within 180 km (about 111 miles) of reaching the South Pole in 1908. Shackleton's next expedition, intended to be the first traverse of Antarctica, instead turned into an epic survival tale as he lost his ship, floated adrift on pack ice, then marooned on an island, and finally rescued by sailing a rowboat to South Georgia Island. And didn't loose a single crewman in the doing. 

These four came within 180 km (about 111 miles) of reaching the South Pole in 1908. Shackleton's next expedition, intended to be the first traverse of Antarctica, instead turned into an epic survival tale as he lost his ship, floated adrift on pack ice, then marooned on an island, and finally rescued by sailing a rowboat to South Georgia Island. And didn't loose a single crewman in the doing. 

Quite possibly one of the best quotes ever coming from the Golden Era of Antarctic Exploration was written by Sir Raymond Priestly.  Sir Priestly was uniquely situated to make this statement. He was a member of  Shackleton's 1907-1909 "Nimrod Expedition", which made it to with 180km (about 111 miles) of the South Pole. He immediately returned to Antarctica with Scott's 1910-1913 "Terra Nova Expedition", which included Scott's successful but ill-fated trip to the South Pole.