Sunday, January 22, 2012

Men Wanted: Hazardous Journey

Men wanted for hazardous journey.  Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant journey, safe return doubtful.  Honour and recognition in case of success.
Advertisement placed by Ernest Shackleton in a London newspaper, August 1914.  It is said 5,000 people responded to it.

I saved this from a book about famous explorers I owned a few years ago. I can't recall the name of it though. Considering the era, I'm sure only criminals and low-lifes responded to the ad. Nonetheless, something about it calls to me :) For honour. For adventure.