In the race to conquer the South Pole, three names loomed large: Ernest Shackleton, Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen.
The Endurance was launched on 17 December 1912 under the name “Polaris”. Originally rigged as a frigate, she was converted into a three-masted barquentine and in 1914 joined the famous Trans-Antarctic Imperial Expedition to cross Antarctica under Sir Ernest Shackleton’s command.
After the Expedition was shipwrecked on 19 August 1915, the Endurance was trapped in the ice of the Weddell Sea. For 522 days the explorers braved winds up to 300 km/h and temperatures of 40 degrees below zero.
Shackleton and a few hand-picked men took a small boat, the James Caird, and made one of the most memorable and heroic journeys in sailing history. Together with all their crew, they accomplished the most important feat of all…surviving.
The expedition is remembered as an epic story of endurance, heroism and survival.
OcCre’s Endurance wooden ship model kit features a double plank-on-bulkhead constructed hull. The kit feaures the usual high-quality laser-cut plywood parts for the framework, subdeck, and major structural components. All necessary wood strips are included to plank the hull and deck and build all the details. Wooden dowels provided for the masts, bowsprit, yards, booms. and gaffs. A full selection of fittings, provided in a compartmentalized box, allow you to detail your model. These include wood, cast metal, and brass parts. Fittings include such items and blocks, deadeyes, eyebolts, nails, ship’s boats, engine funnel, rigging line, and more.
OcCre includes a nice, full-color set of pictorial instructions in the kit, but you can also download a copy for review here: Endurance Instructions
OcCre also created a wonderful, multi-part series of construction videos to help guide you through the building of your model. The videos are on Youtube, and you can view them here: Endurance Build Videos
LENGTH: 29.69 inches (754 mm)
HEIGHT: 17.51 inches (446 mm)
WIDTH: 8.5 inches (216 mm)