Our voyage continued towards the Antarctic Peninsula today, but first a stop of incredible, historic polar value. The morning was challenging as we felt the ability of the Southern Ocean to remind us of the powers involved when wind meets the sea. National Geographic Explorer was worthy to the task as she plied her way towards Elephant Island. It was here that Ernest Shackleton and his men made landfall for the first time in 500 days—after leaving South Georgia, becoming beset in the sea ice of the Weddell Sea; after the Endurance sank in front of them, after making two separate camps on the ice, after the ice broke up and they rowed and rowed and rowed. On arrival, they made camp at a point that Frank Wild, Shackleton’s right-hand man, found while scouting the island. They brought their three boats ashore on a small beach supplied with rocks from the glacier behind them. They rested, increased their larder and made camp while Shackleton conceived a plan so bold and unprecedented that it was only a few years ago that it was repeated in a similar fashion. He would take five men and sail for South Georgia, across the most violent sea in the world, in winter.