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Sir Peter Blake's son in crew retracing ill-fated Antarctic voyage 100 years on

A team of intrepid explorers is setting sail towards Antarctica, retracing the path of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated 'Endurance Expedition' over 100 years ago.

They're part of an international expedition to South Georgia Island to honour the legacy of early Antarctic explorers.

James Blake, the son of Sir Peter Blake, and two other young adventurers, have been hand picked from nearly 200 applicants to take part in the international centenary expedition.

The Antarctica-bound team are part of an international expedition to honour the legacy of early explorers. Source: 1 NEWS

"The Endurance trip is a famous story and kind of one that's gone down in history as far as a survival story," Mr Blake said.

Antarctic Heritage Trust director Nigel Watson says they are paying homage to the original explorers, Shackleton, Crean and Worsley. 

"But we're also putting a challenge out to inspire young explorers today."

Just like Shackleton and his crew in 1914, they'll sail south.

The SS Endurance was trapped and destroyed by ice. The crew took shelter while a team sailed more than 1000 harrowing kilometres to get help. They landed at South Georgia Island.

Then they marched 36 hours through treacherous terrain to a whaling station and 128 days later the remaining crew was rescued. Remarkably, all had survived. 

"My father would tell us as bed time stories, the stories of Shackleton and specifically the Endurance, of them being stuck in the ice," Mr Blake said. 

Today's mission has a 60 per cent chance of success.

Asked what he thinks his adventurer father would think of this trip, James Blake, said: "I think he'd actually be quite jealous!" 

And he'd be excited for the journey ahead, battling the elements one century on.