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Bakewell’s birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BAKEWELL!

William Lincoln Bakewell, sailor and explorer, was born in Joliet, Illinois, USA, on 26 November, 1888. Bakewell was signed on to Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ at Buenos Aires as Able …

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ON THIS DATE IN 1908: DEPARTURE OF THE ‘NIMROD’ POLAR TEAM

The southern march of Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909 (Nimrod expedition) to reach the South Pole began on 29 October, 1908.

Shackleton led the polar team which comprised Jameson Adams, Eric…

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Armytage’s birthday

Bertram Armytage, carer for the ponies of Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition, was born 29 September, 1869, in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

Armytage attended Geelong Grammar School as well as Melbourne Grammar School

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Links for McNish

Henry ‘Chippy’ McNish died in Wellington, New Zealand, on 24 September, 1930.

To mark the anniversary of his death, I have put together a list of pages, articles and papers related to McNish. Though Shackleton denied…

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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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