Did you ever think to link James Joyce to Sir Ernest Shackleton?

I was in and about the city of Dublin on Saturday, 16 June. It was upon that date in 1904 that James Joyce set his novel, Ulysses. For many years, that date has been celebrated as Bloomsday, named after Mr Leopold Bloom, a …

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Nimrod preparations, June, 1907

June, 1907, was a busy month for Ernest Shackleton. He was effectively trying to pull together funding, resources, supplies, equipment and a ship for an expedition to the Antarctic. Many factors were working against…

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ON THIS DATE IN 1916: BLACKBOROW’S TOES WERE CUT OFF

By early June 1916, six weeks after the Caird’s departure, Perce’s right foot was healing well but his left foot was gangrenous—a condition where the death of body tissue is caused by reduced, or lack of, blood …

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ON THIS DATE IN 1942: DEATH OF BERNACCHI

Louis Bernacchi, scientist and explorer, died 24 April, 1942.

Born 1876 in Belgium, Bernacchi arrived in Tasmania with his parents in 1884 and they settled on Maria Island off the east coast. He received education and

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Shackleton Mountain Challenge

The Shackleton Mountain Challenge: Guest writer Maksymilian Rębisz

This post will tell the story of Maksymilian’s expedition, the Shackleton Mountain Challenge. A young man living in Poland, he is deeply interested…

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SCOTT & SHACKLETON ASCEND THE SKIES OF ANTARCTICA IN A BALLOON

‘The inflation of, and ascent in a captive balloon is such an unusual circumstance in Polar regions, that perhaps our experience in that respect may be worth recording.’ (‘Hydrogen’, ‘Ballooning…

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Henry Hudson & Sir Ernest Shackleton

Henry Hudson’s voyages to the ice were to the north, and three hundred years before Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expeditions to Antarctica. However, they share some similarities.

Henry Hudson http://exploration.marinersmuseum.org/subject/henry-hudson/

Henry Hudson
http://exploration.marinersmuseum.org/subject/henry-hudson/

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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 1943: Worsley

On 1 February, 1943. Frank Arthur Worsley died in Claygate, Surrey in England. There is great material available to read and view about Worsley. Below are some suggestion to get started and to start a possible obsession

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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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