Ernest Shackleton’s 137th Birthday Celebrated with Google Doodle

Posted on Feb 15 2011 - 10:19pm by Richard Sharp

It’s that time again, Google Doodles seem to be taking over cyberspace as after yesterday’s Valentines inspired logo the big G has honoured Ernest Shackleton, one of the very first western explorers to visit and document the South Pole – one of the harshest climates in the world.

Anglo-Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton shot to stardom after his epic mission on Endurance, an aptly named ship in 1914. His advertisement for workers was blunt as it was shocking ‘MEN WANTED: For hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success. Sir Ernest Shackleton.’

Shackleton and his crew of hard working men battled through thick ice, hacking away to allow the ship through. The harsh weather and frozen seas slowed the ship down but they persevered finally making it to the South Pole without any major casualties.

The Ernest Shackleton Google Doodle is the latest in a long line to pay tribute to historical figures. Happy 137th Birthday Sir Shackleton.

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