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by John Thomson

  • ISBN: 0889626782
  • Category: Engineering
  • Author: John Thomson
  • Subcategory: Transportation
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Mosaic Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • FB2 size: 1998 kb
  • EPUB size: 1842 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
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a b c Thomson, John (1999). Shackleton's Captain: A Biography of Frank Worsley. Oakville, Ontario: Mosaic Press. Scott, Jeremy (2008). Dancing on Ice: A Stirring Tale of Adventure, Risk and Reckless Folly. London: Old Street Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-689-11429-X. Count Micard's Winter on Board the Quest, 1936–37.

Thomson's first book was Frank Worsley's biography, Shackleton's Captain, followed by Elephant Island and Beyond, a biography of Thomas Orde Lees, another ignored hero with New Zealand attachments. He has also written a book on Ed Hillary in Antarctica, Climbing The Pole, and lectured on Antarctica history for three cruises from South America to Antarctica.

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John Thomson, Shackleton's captain: A biography of Frank Worsley, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1998. Worsley, The great Antarctic rescue: Shackleton's boat journey, Times Books, London, 1977. Worsley, Frank Arthur (Dictionary of New Zealand Biography). If any man is worthy of a posthumous knighthood, that man is Frank Worsley. Perhaps someone should enlighten our Prime Minister of this oversight as she is also Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage.

Shackleton's Captain: A Biography of Frank Worsley. After their ship Endurance was crushed in the ice in 1915, they made wha. More).

John Thomson, Shackleton’s Captain: A Biography of Frank Worsley, Christchurch: Hazard Press Publishers, 1988. John MacKenna, Jonathan Shackleton, Shackleton: An Irishman in Antarctica, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002, pp. 142-143.

Thomson, John (2000). Christchurch, New Zealand: Hazard Press Publishers. In 1926, he married Jean Cumming, who he had met in 1920 at.

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.
Reviews about Shackleton's Captain: A Biography of Frank Worsley (6):
Seems to be very well researched and well written. The book covers the subject's whole life well, not just the period and events that made him well known in certain circles.
Great book. Had read different books on the Endurance saga but this really gave a good view of Worsley.
Very nice book and timely delivery. Thank you, Patricia
Frank Worsley was Ernest Shackleton's captain, so he is a name that is not commonly known. A common mistake for so many biographers of secondary expeditionary characters is that they get caught up in the relationship to the major character and the biography turns out to be about them. That was my main concern when I first picked up this biograpy of Frank Worsley - that his personality and achievements would be overshadowed by those of Shackleton. Not in this biograpy though - Thomson keeps his story firmly about Worsley, and this story is every bit as interesting as Shackleton's.
Worsley, you see, was Shackleton's captain in the Antarctic expedition that almost ended in disaster in 1914/15. A dreadful summer in the south meant that their boat, the Endurance, was trapped inescapably in pack ice and so began one of the most incredible, courageous and stoic journeys in all polar exploration history. Shackleton's story has been told many times - how the men survived on Elephant Island, and how, with Worsley and some others they sailed across the wildest ocean in the world in a tiny boat to South Georgia to get a rescue craft for the rest of the crew. Even then disaster after disaster struck, they were almost smashed on the rocky coast of South Georgia, once ashore they had to cross the mountainous and glacier ridden interior to reach help on the other coast, and then they had to endure several failed attempts to reach the rest of the survivors back on Elephant Island. This story is told again, but teasing out Worsley's perspective and contributions.
Worsley's story isn't solely about this one incident, dramatic as it is. His life from his childhood to his further expeditions to the Arctic with Shackleton and his first and second world war experiences are all here. I think Thomson really gets inside the man in this book. There are numerous photos and illustrations - most of the Endurance and Quest photos of Shackelton's are widely available in other publications though. There is also a good index and a good appendix if you want to read further information on Worsley or his companions.
Frank Worsley is best known as the captain of the Endurance on Shackleton's ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1914, but he led a full and very interesting life that included searching for treasure and sinking a German U-boat during WWI. Anyone who has read "Shackleton's Boat Journey" will want to know more about Worsley, and this book will fill many of the gaps.
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This book was great. Finally some one has given the credit to Frank Worsley that he deserves. The book tells everything from his days as a boy to the Trans-Arctic Expedition to his death. Read this book, it's great!

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