January 1914: Shackleton purchases a ship and names her “Endurance”

The Antarctic explorer Adrien de Gerlache had formed a partnership with Norwegian shipowner to run “polar safaris” to ferry wealthy big game hunters to Greenland and Spitzbergen to hunt the polar bear. They built a 144′ three-masted barquentine for the project with ten cabins and a darkroom, but no cargo space, and called her “Polaris”. The scheme fell through, and the ship was put up for sale. Shackleton purchased her in January 1914 for £11,600, and renamed her “Endurance”.


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