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Shackleton, Pardo & the ‘Yelcho’

In August, 1916, at Punta Arenas, Shackleton, in his own words, ‘begged the Chilian Government to let me have the Yelcho for a last attempt to reach the island [Elephant Island].’ The government allowed…

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ON THIS DATE IN 1916: Markham

ON THIS DATE IN 1916

On 30 January, 1916, Sir Clements Robert Markham died in London.

Born at Stillingfleet on 20 July, 1830, Markham joined the Royal Navy in 1844 and spent the next six years serving on various vessels

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100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The Relief of the Ross Sea Party

Too weak for hunting, physicist Richard Walters Richards became the lookout of the stranded party from the Ross Sea end of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-continental Antarctic Expedition. On 10 January, 1917, through…

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Shackleton’s Death, 5 January, 1922

The death of Sir Ernest H. Shackleton

Sir Ernest H. Shackleton

Sir Ernest H. Shackleton

On 4 January, 1922, the ‘Quest’ reached South Georgia and cast anchor off the Grytviken whaling station. Sir Ernest Shackleton visited old friends …

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Sir Ernest in Dublin 1909

Sir Ernest in Dublin: Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Dublin Nimrod lecture

in aid of Lady Dudley’s district nurses, 14 December, 1909.

 

Almost immediately after the British Antarctic Expedition (the Nimrod expedition),…

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ON THIS DATE IN 1940: GEORGE MARSTON

On 20 November, 1940, George Marston died. He was official artist on Shackleton’s expeditions aboard the Nimrod and the Endurance.

Signatures of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and George Marston

Signatures of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and George Marston

Marston was born on…

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On This Day in 1861 Nansen

On 10 October, 1861, Fridtjof Nansen—zoologist, oceanographer, athlete, scholar, academic, Arctic explorer, writer, diplomat, humanitarian—was born at Store Frøen, near Oslo, Norway. A leader in many fields…

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On This Day in 1966: Andrew Keith Jack

On 26 September, 1966, Andrew Keith Jack, physicist of the Aurora, industrial chemist, died.

Andrew Keith Jack (known as Keith Jack) was born on 9 September, 1885, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Keith Jack was …

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On This Day In 1974: Green

On 26 September, 1974, Charles Green, the cook aboard the Endurance, died in Hull, England. He was known as the ‘Antarctic Chef’.

Charles Green was born on 24 November, 1888, in Richmond, Surrey, the eldest of four…

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On This Day in 1870: H. Hanssen

On 24 September, 1870, Helmer Julius Hanssen, Norwegian polar explorer, was born in Bjørnskinn, on the island of Andøya in northern Norway. He grew up farming and fishing with his father. Hanssen was an experienced…

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