Today marks the 100th anniversary of Tom Crean landing on Elephant Island in the South Pacific.
The Antarctic explorer from Annascaul was part of Ernest Shackleton’s three-man party that saved 22 fellow crew members during the Endurance expedition.
The rescue attempt followed the 1500-kilometre boat journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia, as Crean and Shackleton sought help for the stranded men.
The trip was described by polar historian Caroline Alexander as one of the most extraordinary feats of seamanship and navigation in recorded history.
Michael Smith is the author of An Unsung Hero, a book which recounts Tom Crean’s life.
He says, despite the extraordinary journey and the four-month wait, the men never lost their humour or sense of friendship.