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Doing the Impossible

When doing the impossible - catching the Nimrod, surviving the boat journeys, crossing South Georgia, Shackleton had a rock solid faith to lean on.

In South, about the crossing of South Georgia, he wrote, “Still we were following the light.”

The phrase is a reference to his favorite hymn, Lead Kindly Light, "I do not ask to see the distant scene; one step enough for me."

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NOTE: An unidentified person who knew Shackleton early in his career characterized the Boss as a "Viking with a mother's heart." In this anecdote from Dr. Macklin's journal, we get a glimpse of that t


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