What was interesting to me was how the author of the book and the crewmen in the story talked about the ship itself. It was referred to in a womanly aspect, and as its slow destruction was occurring, it was almost as if it was being explained like a human body on its death bed (the noises, the physical appearance, the way the crew was sad to she her go after trying hard to revive her, etc).
I was also very impressed with how the crewmen worked together throughout the long laborious hours, the severe weather conditions, and the possible thoughts of no return. I believe this is where determination and motivation come into play. They are lead by a strong leader (Shackleton) but each one of the members gives something to the whole team, each has a part that drives them to their goal, which is now survival. I am really eager to continue on reading this book in order to see how the rest of their voyage goes!