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Rogue Waves

In May 1916, the explorer Ernest Shackleton and four of his men were approaching the end of a gruelling ordeal. They had left the rest of the crew of Shackleton’s ship Endurance stranded on Elephant Island in the Antarctic, while they attempted to cross the Southern Ocean to the island of South Georgia. They were sailing in a small lifeboat in the infamous Drake Passage, which was living up to its reputation as the roughest stretch of water on the planet. On 5th May Shackelton saw what he thought was a break in the weather. He later recorded that “at midnight I was at the tiller and suddenly noticed a line of clear sky between the south and south-west. I called to the other men that the sky

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