Macklin’s birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MACKLIN!

Colonel Alexander Hepburne Macklin, OBE, MC, TD, Scottish physician and RAMC officer, was born 1 September, 1889, in India. Macklin was surgeon on Shackleton’s Imperial Transcontinental…

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Robert Forde (revised)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FORDE!

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

Robert…

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The Sound of Silence: Hurley in Antarctica

Stephen Martin, historian and explorer of Antarctica,  has written:

‘The silences are a leitmotif, a characteristic of the environment that is a reminder of people’s unease and unfamiliarity in Antarctica.

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Vitus Jonassen Bering

ON THIS DATE IN 1681: BAPTISM OF BERING
 
Vitus Jonassen Bering, Danish cartographer, naval officer with the Russian Imperial Navy, and explorer, was baptised 5 August, 1681, having been born in Horsens, Denmark. The
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THE ‘INSTITUTIO DE PESCA NO. 1’ RESUCE ATTEMPT

JUNE, 1916: THE UNCERTAIN BEGINNING OF THE INSTITUTIO DE PESCA NO. 1 RESUCE ATTEMPT

Following the failure of Southern Sky to reach Elephant Island, Shackleton turned to the governments of South America for assistance…

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Shackleton in Port Stanley

Place: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, early-June, 1916

Following the unsuccessful attempt to return to Elephant Island aboard Southern Sky, Shackleton arrived at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, on 31 May, 1916.…

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Death of Rickinson, 1945

ON THIS DATE IN 1945: DEATH OF RICKINSON

Lewis Raphael Rickinson died in a Naval Nursing Home, 16 April, 1945, following lung cancer illness.

Born in Lewisham, south-east London, Lewis was born into a family with strong

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New Year’s Day on Polar Expeditions

1900: BORCHGREVINK & CO. AT CAPE ADARE

1902: WITH ‘DISCOVERY’ NEARING THE ANTARCTIC CIRCLE

1903: WITH SCOTT ON THE POLAR TREK

1908: ‘NIMROD’ LEFT LYTTELTON, NZ

1909: IN THE ICE WITH THE ‘POURQUI PAS’

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21 December, 1901: DISCOVERY LEFT LYTTELTON, NEW ZEALAND

Below you will find a link to my written piece concerning the departure of Captain Scott’s ship, Discovery, from the harbour at Lyttelton, Nez Zealand in December, 1901. Just click the title below to be taken…

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Shackleton & the Girls’ Training Hostel, Christchurch, NZ

Following Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-1909, the Nimrod arrived at Lyttelton, New Zealand, on 25 March, 1909, having left that port on 1 January, 1908. On 7 April, 1909, Shackleton gave…

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