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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 6 (October 2, 1933)

To the Antarctic

To the Antarctic.

That was the beginning of the great partnership with adventure. For more than seven years Worsley and Shackleton were with each other, in joy and sorrow, living great moments, laughing, suffering, grieving together, enduring with other good comrades almost incredible dangers and privations, and triumphing over the heaviest hammerblows of Fate, until at last, in the little Quest, the leader's gallant heart gave up the strain, and Worsley and his mates laid him to rest amidst the snow of desolate South Georgia Island.

Captain Worsley's appointment in the Shackleton Expedition of 1914–15 was as sailing-master and navigator of the Antarctic exploring ship Endurance. This fine vessel was specially built for ice work, a barquentine-rigged steamer, a well-equipped handy-sized craft, manned by a crew of twenty-eight all told. The plan was to penetrate into the Antarctic as far as possible, and then for a land party under Shackleton to cross the South Pole and join the Aurora, the expedition's other ship, commanded by Captain Stenhouse, on the Ross Island side, due south of New Zealand.

The Endurance sailed, and Worsley was in his element once more, handling her under sail and appreciating to the full the usefulness of her square rig forward.