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I recorded part 1 of the 3 part series last night. Watching it now. I'm quite familiar with the story but haven't seen this yet. They re-enact his voyage in the Antarctic in a 22 foot sailboat (lifeboat turned sailboat with leftover bits of his crushed-by-the-ice Endurance) a hundred years ago.

So far it's awesome. Definitely some BFS footage. :)

Check your local PBS listings.
 

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I watched that too, I'm a long time fan of the 'Shackleton story'..

Setting aside the fact that they are using AIS and VHF to (mostly) keep in touch with an escort vessel, (and IMO that's only prudent) they appear to be using period techniques and equipment, even down to the clothing, and cooking as Shackleton did... interesting to see them in basic parkas and wool gloves while the escort skipper seems kitted out in Musto or equivalent!

And on board: the crew includes a Volvo RTW race veteran and a world sailing speed setter... must be some contrast. None of them seemed to handle the horrific motion of the tubby little boat very well in bad conditions.
 

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I was wrong - part 2 is not on tonight. Part 1 was on again at 3AM. Part 2 is next week. But thanks to Captainmeme's link I won't have to set my VCR. I'll watch it from my iPad when I have time. :)

I watched it thinking "my mid 70's production boat would be drier and possibly more comfortable than that!"
 

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Thanks for the heads up on this. It is the ultimate story of human perseverance and survival. Last week I considered the contrast with this experience vs the ships recently stuck on ice in the Antarctic. In Shacketons day, one waited it out until the thaw, totally self sufficient. Be a year or so before they realized you were missing, another to finance, equip, and come looking for you!
 

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Thanks for the heads up on this. It is the ultimate story of human perseverance and survival. Last week I considered the contrast with this experience vs the ships recently stuck on ice in the Antarctic. In Shacketons day, one waited it out until the thaw, totally self sufficient. Be a year or so before they realized you were missing, another to finance, equip, and come looking for you!
By then you either trekked out on your own (in the artic) or in 100 years they find your graves on some forbidding shore
 

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Kudos to PBS for NOT playing up the reality show aspect. There really are 6 guys on 22 foot boat making an 800 mile trip in the southern ocean using 1916 nav equipment and clothing. Unless they're all simpletons there's bound to be some drama. The low hanging fruit would be to capitalize on the "you took a bad reading you putz" and I'm glad they didn't. I live and work in "reality" I don't want to watch more of it on TV.
 

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We just watched it online this morning. What an adventure! Though, it's absolutely not one I would want to endure. I'm ready for the 2nd episode!
 

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Great post!
If you had to be on that boat during Shackletons time would you want to be with Shackletons crew or the Chasing Shackletons crew?
I was thinking the same thing. The chase boat has sails. And heat, room to change clothes under roof, and a better menu. But I'd still like the experience of the little boat using old equipment. So if "both" wasn't an option, I'd pick the Australis.

I HAVE a 21 foot boat with a single gas burner, one pot, and tiny cabin filled with sails and gear. If I wanted the experience I'd take it out today (sub zero temps this week gave us ice, now it's 45, windy, and raining hard - seems like that replicates the southern ocean pretty well actually)
 

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What an adventure! I don't think I could handle the cold though.
 

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While the chasing crew had a rescue ship close by and electrical communication with said ship and outstanding qualifications, I think the original crew would probably be better versed on sailing that boat and surviving. I was somewhat surprised that the chasing crew had some difficulity with a crimp connection to the electrical communication. I can understand the challenge of mastering 1914 technology and living conditions within a short period of time, but here there was difficulity in mastering modern technology by a group that uses it daily in their modern world. I would prefer the original crew FWIW. When is part 2 being aired?
 

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I was wrong - part 2 is not on tonight. Part 1 was on again at 3AM. Part 2 is next week. But thanks to Captainmeme's link I won't have to set my VCR. I'll watch it from my iPad when I have time. :)
What's a VCR? ;)

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Sorry Sealover I wasn't going for experience. I was trying to say if you where stuck on Elephant Island in the 1800's who would you pick as crew. New crew has more knowledge of the world. Old crew might have more experience and grit. No gps or safety boat just crew with all the same gear.
 

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I HAVE a 21 foot boat with a single gas burner, one pot, and tiny cabin filled with sails and gear. If I wanted the experience I'd take it out today (sub zero temps this week gave us ice, now it's 45, windy, and raining hard - seems like that replicates the southern ocean pretty well actually)
Sorry, not even REMOTELY close... :)

Until you've seen that part of the world, one cannot even BEGIN to picture what it's like down there, the harshness of that environment... The notion of sailing across the Scotia Sea in a vessel like that, then traversing the interior of South Georgia, finding the whaling station at Stromness, it simply boggles the mind...



The most amazing story of survival I've ever known, and 'The Boss' was unquestionably one of the greatest leaders of men who ever lived...

 
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