"Shackleton, on his Endurance expedition"
Endurance being crushed in the ice
Public DomainEndurance being crushed in the ice - Credit: Frank Hurley

Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, was crushed in sea ice before reaching Antarctica, forcing Shackleton and his men to abandon her and commence what became one of the greatest tales of survival and escape ever recorded. If you don’t know of this story, I can’t bear to spoil it by a short summary, please go and read Shackleton’s book: South.