Chasing Shackleton TV Series

Murphness

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Looks like PBS did a 3 part documentary on Larso's adventure. Maybe this has already been posted somewhere, but I didn't see it and the search function is f'd... Here's a preview and the link below is to the website for the full length version. I don't think they've all aired yet though. Gonna watch one now and see how it is...

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http://video.pbs.org/program/chasing-shackleton/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=pbsofficial&utm_campaign=chsh_covefullprogram

 

Murphness

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Bummer. It looked promising...

I tried to Chromecast it to my TV via the browser tab but sadly either the app isn't up to speed or my network doesn't have the bandwidth. Will watch later straight from the computer.

 

Pukeudgie

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Chromecast only works on YouTube and Netflix. No?

This series has been out a couple of months I think originally from. Australia. PBS had nothing to do with its production. Episode 3 was ok. Makes you appreciate why shack did and these guys struggled with even with weather info, food, etc even 100 yrs later. You can find episode 3 on the web

 

Murphness

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You can cast from Chrome tabs with the extension, but video embedded in tabs don't seem to play nice on the big screen so far. The specific video streaming apps are far better. Still some development to go I think...

 

AJ Oliver

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Part II was very good. That little boat was doing some serious pitching/rolling/yawing. Good thing the chase boat was there to save their butts on the final approach to the island - I have NO problem with that !!!

 

knucklehead

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I just finished reading:

The story of a remarkable Irishman,

at Shackleton's side throughout.

Hope they gave him the credit due to him.
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It seems that there were two previous recreations (in 1994 and 2003?) but I can't find much on them. The claim that this expedition is the first recreation seems a stretch.

 

MisterMoon

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It seems that there were two previous recreations (in 1994 and 2003?) but I can't find much on them. The claim that this expedition is the first recreation seems a stretch.
I recall seeing a film about one of them. Like this one, the were accompanied by another vessel, Pelagiac perhaps. The crew had been pretty badly beaten up in a couple of storms when it was learned a worse storm was coming. During a lull in the weather, everyone was taken aboard the escort and the boat was scuttled by drilling a number of 1/2" diameter holes in the bilges. I do believe they went on to do the S. Georgia traverse, though. Unlike the current expedition, I believe they were using modern mountaineering equipment and clothing.

 

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I remember reading about a redo of the S. Georgia crossing. The state of the glaciers (melting) was much different than in Shackleton's time, and a different route and different methods were necessary.

 

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For scientific discovery, give me Scott; for swift and efficient travel, give me Amundsen;
but when you are in a hopeless situation, when there seems to be no way out,
get on your knees and pray for Shackleton.

Incomparable in adversity, he was the miracle worker who would save your life against all the odds and
long after your number was up. The greatest leader that ever came on God’s earth, bar none.”

Sir Raymond Priestley, 1956
Antarctic Geologist,
Member of Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition
 

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I was kind of disappointed in the show (so far). They didn't really go into much detail about the boat or the passage, just sound bites and too-quick camera cuts (it's a common gripe for me trying to watch TV, directors don't actually let you SEE anything).

It was great to see the scenery, and the boats sailing was also very cool. But these guys launched the boat with a crane, Shackleton and his men man-hauled it across the ice, then built the topsides and deck on the spot, then launched it by hand. These guys were warm & dry and well fed until they jumped in the boat and started sailing, Shackleton and his men had spent the past 14 months living on the ice.

The worst part is, they don't have a clue how to sail. The director shows the same wave hitting the boat broadside over & over to illustrate how rough it was; yet they never mention heaving-to or using a sea anchor. Most of the sailing shots show the boat zig-zagging and sails flapping or overtrimmed, two sequences show them looking up at the sails in annoyance as the boat makes repeated uncontrolled gybes. WTF? Let Larson show you guys how to fricken sail before starting the camera rolling! Also, I don't think they ever rowed while Shackleton & Worsely had to several times.

Enough griping, it's an interesting lesson in modern times and a good look at the scenes where one of the greatest adventures in the history of mankind played out.

FB- Doug

 

Murphness

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Finally got to the first episode last night. I guess I can see where the complaints lie, but it was still pretty entertaining and informative. I'm glad I was on my couch with a rum drink in my hand instead of on that boat! Good god that must have been a shitty few weeks.

Good on em!

 

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There was a documentary several years ago that was pretty good, and worthwhile viewing if you haven't seen it. Called "The Endurance".

 
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Righto... might as well get off the fence and offer to answer any queries as best I can. It was a fascinating opportunity for me and one that I wasn't sure I could do justice. When I watched the finished doco I knew that there would rightfully be many questions from the sailing fraternity so perhaps I can answer a few here. Obviously we could never really do it in the same context as Shackletons journey... but in some ways it did give a realistic insight for reasons you don't always initially expect. So fire away and I'll try and throw a light on some of the areas left dim by the doco.

 
I was kind of disappointed in the show (so far). They didn't really go into much detail about the boat or the passage, just sound bites and too-quick camera cuts (it's a common gripe for me trying to watch TV, directors don't actually let you SEE anything).

It was great to see the scenery, and the boats sailing was also very cool. But these guys launched the boat with a crane, Shackleton and his men man-hauled it across the ice, then built the topsides and deck on the spot, then launched it by hand. These guys were warm & dry and well fed until they jumped in the boat and started sailing, Shackleton and his men had spent the past 14 months living on the ice.

The worst part is, they don't have a clue how to sail. The director shows the same wave hitting the boat broadside over & over to illustrate how rough it was; yet they never mention heaving-to or using a sea anchor. Most of the sailing shots show the boat zig-zagging and sails flapping or overtrimmed, two sequences show them looking up at the sails in annoyance as the boat makes repeated uncontrolled gybes. WTF? Let Larson show you guys how to fricken sail before starting the camera rolling! Also, I don't think they ever rowed while Shackleton & Worsely had to several times.

Enough griping, it's an interesting lesson in modern times and a good look at the scenes where one of the greatest adventures in the history of mankind played out.

FB- Doug
They had a bit of sailing experience.

Maybe a volvo guy on board. Although not everyone had a clew

 

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Righto... might as well get off the fence and offer to answer any queries as best I can. It was a fascinating opportunity for me and one that I wasn't sure I could do justice. When I watched the finished doco I knew that there would rightfully be many questions from the sailing fraternity so perhaps I can answer a few here. Obviously we could never really do it in the same context as Shackletons journey... but in some ways it did give a realistic insight for reasons you don't always initially expect. So fire away and I'll try and throw a light on some of the areas left dim by the doco.
tell me about the steering system. Why? .

 
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