Ernest Shakleton is a famous polar explorer of the 20th century.
As a kid he loved to read books. He had a big imagination. He always dreamed of being an exlplorer.
On his sixteenth birthday he joined the Merchant Navy. By the age of 18 he was promoted to First Mate.
On their first attempt, Shackleton and Scott came close to the South Pole but had to stop due to bad weather.
In 1908 he attempted the expedition to the South Pole for the second time on a ship called Nimrod.
They finally reached the South Pole on the 15th of January 1909. The team had to abandon ship due to bad weather and they were trapped on the ice for several months. They were rewarded a medal for their bravery.