Jan. 5, 1922 Grytviken, South Georgia And The South Sa
Explorer. On an exploration voyage to Antarctica in 1916, his ship became trapped by ice. On April 24th, he set off with five sailors from Elephant Island across 800 miles of the world's stormiest seas to seek help. After 17 days, Shackleton and his men reached South Georgia. They crossed the island's mountainous spine to a whaling station, steamed back to Elephant Island in a borrowed boat and,in the end, not one crewman died. He died on South Georgia of a heart attack. It was the second in a relatively short period of time and was attributed to his robust life style.