Liam Maloney

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The unveiling of Shackleton statue at Athy, Co. Kildare

Tuesday, 30 August, 2016: The unveiling of a statue of Sir Ernest Shackleton at Athy Heritage Centre-Museum, Emily Square, Athy, Co. Kildare, Republic of Ireland.

Yesterday afternoon, on the centenary anniversary…

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100 Years Ago Today: The Rescue

At daybreak of 30 August, 1916, the weather was still foggy. Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Worsley stayed up all night, at the bridge of the Yelcho hoping for the fog to ease. They feared that they would run into pack ice,…

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On 29 August, 1875, Robert Forde, Antarctic expedition veteran, was born in Moviddy, near Bandon, Co. Cork. Forde was part of Robert F. Scott’s Terra Nova expedition.

Robert was the youngest child of George Forde …

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100 Years Ago: The Launch of the ‘Yelcho’

On 25 August, 1916, Sir Ernest Shackleton left Punta Arenas aboard the Yelcho for the fourth attempt to rescue the twenty-two men stranded on Elephant Island.

Following the failure of the attempt to reach Elephant Island…

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On this day in 1870

On 24 August, 1870, Nicolai Hanson, zoologist and Antarctic explorer, was born at Kristiansund, Norway. He studied zoology at the University of Kristiania and, in the late 1890s, undertook field work for the British…

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On This Day in 1898

On 23 August, 1898, the Southern Cross left London at the beginning of the British Antarctic Expedition 1898–1900. The exhibition was the project of the half-British, half-Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink and was…

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On this day in 1918

On 22 August, 1918, Alf Cheetham, veteran of Scott and Shackleton Antarctic expeditions, died aboard S.S. Prunelle when the ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Blyth in the North Sea.

Alf Cheetham & Tom Crean on the 'Endurance' expedition

           Alf Cheetham & Tom Crean

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On this day in 1939

On 19 August, 1939, Frank Wild, veteran of five Antarctic expeditions of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, died in South Africa.

Frank Wild

                              Frank Wild

Frank Wild was born in Skelton-in-Cleveland in north Yorkshire, England,…

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On this day in 1909

On 18 August, 1909, Shackleton wrote a letter to Emily, his wife, informing her that the Prime Minister, Herbert H. Asquith, had confirmed a parliamentary grant of £20,000 towards his debts and the cost of the Nimrod

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On This Day in 1796


On 16 August, 1796, Francis Crozier was born in Banbridge, Co. Down. He was a veteran polar scientist and explorer, being on five expeditions to the polar regions—north and south. He assumed command…

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