Workers cutting the S.S. Portland out of Bering Sea ice off of Alaska around 1903. The S.S. Portland was a 191 foot wooden hull ship had an interesting history. Not only did it help to launch the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1890s, the S.S. Portland was a notorious smuggling ship for drugs, weapons, and illegal workers.
Under the command of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Endurance set sail from England for the Antarctic in August 1914. By January of 1915, the ship was approximately one day short of its destination of Vahsel Bay before becoming icebound for ten months and eventually crushed. Miraculously, all 28 men aboard survived and returned home.
Seized in the grip of the Weddell Sea pack ice, the Endurance enters her seventh month of captivity in August 1915. (Photo: Frank Hurley. Courtesy of The Macklin Collection) The Shackelton Expedition to Antarctica, 1914-1916
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