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15 JULY, 1911, WINTER PARTY REACHED CAPE CROZIER

I’m happy to share a new guest post by Ana Carolina Maciel Soukef Mendes Moretto. Ana has written about the ‘winter journey’ of Edward Adrien Wilson, Henry Robertson Bowers and Apsley Cherry-Garrard…
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ON THIS DATE IN 1964: DEATH OF JAMES

Professor Reginald William James, FRS, physicist, university man and polar explorer, died in Cape Town on 7 July, 1964. James was physicist of Shackleton’s Endurance as part of the Imperial Transcontinental Antarctic…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MACKINTOSH!

ON THIS DATE IN 1879: BIRTH OF MACKINTOSH

Aeneas Lionel Acton Mackintosh, British Merchant Navy officer and Antarctic explorer, was born 1 July, 1879 in Tirhoot, India, son of Alexander and Annie Mackintosh. Though…

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New guest post by Ana Carolina Maciel Soukef Mendes Moretto!

A RAINBOW IN THE DARK

Celebrations all over the world regarding Midwinter’s Day are pretty common and that is no different in polar explorations. In the Southern Hemisphere, in Antarctica especially, the winter …

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ON THIS DATE IN 1942: DEATH OF HUDSON

Hudson (SPRI)

Captain (Commodore 2nd Class) Huberht Taylor Hudson, navigator of Endurance, died when the vessel on which he was serving, Pelavo, was torpedoed and then sank on 15 June, 1942.
Huberht Taylor Hudson was
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JOHANSEN WITH NANSEN

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHANSEN!

Fredrik Hjalmar Johansen, Norwegian polar explorer, was born in Skien, southern Norway, on 15 May, 1867. Huntford wrote that Johansen was of ‘medium height, well built, quiet and modest,…

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ON THIS DATE IN 1962: DEATH OF ADAMS

Captain Sir Jameson Boyd Adams, KCVO, CBE, DSO, RD, died on 30 April, 1962.

Jameson Boyd Adams—Bill Adams or ‘The Mate’—was born on 6 March 1880, in Rippingale, Lincolnshire. Adams joined the Merchant Navy

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DEATH OF SPENCER-SMITH

Rev. Arnold Spencer-Smith, clergyman, photographer and Antarctic explorer, died on the Antarctic continent on 9 March, 1916, during the second sledging session of the Ross Sea party of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-continental…

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2 March, 1913: Shackleton left Antarctica aboard ‘Morning’

ON THIS DATE IN 1903: DEPARTURE OF MORNING FROM ANTARCTICA

SY Morning under Captain William Colbeck, a relief vessel of R. F. Scott’s British National Antarctic Expedition, left McMurdo Sound at about 2pm on 2 March,…

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Japanese expedition sources

As I’ve recently added more information and dates concerning the Japanese Antarctic expedition (1910-1912) aboard ‘Kainan Maru’ to my list of posts, I thought it would also be handy to have my sources…

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ON THIS DATE IN 1958: DEATH OF ARCTOWSKI

Henryk Arctowski (born Henryk Artzt), Polish scientist and explorer, died 21 February, 1958, in Bethesda, northwest of Washington, D.C. Arctowski conducted much scientific work and observation as part of the Belgian

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Discovering Alexander von Humboldt: Guest post by Katy Cox, February, 2020

One of the many great things about the Shackleton Exhibition FB page is the range of interests and specialities of its followers and readers. Just in case you are in any doubt about this, here is a guest post from Katy Cox,…

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SCOTT’S ONLY PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT ON EXPEDITION

Henry R. Brett was the second of three cooks aboard Robert F. Scott’s Discovery Antarctic expedition. The other expedition members didn’t like him, his cooking was unimaginative and he was dirty (not a good look

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KOETTLITZ

Reginald Koettlitz, scientist and polar explorer, was born in Ostend, Belgium, on 23 December 1860. Koettlitz served with two polar expeditions, one Arctic and one Antarctic—the Jackson-Harmsworth North Polar

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DEATH OF GOOCH

Sir Daniel Fulthorpe Gooch 3rd Baronet Gooch, of Clewer Park, died on 22 December, 1926. Gooch was an expert breeder of greyhounds and was, for a short period, the dog handler of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-continental

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1895 LANDING ON THE ANTARCTIC CONTINENT!

ON THIS DATE IN 1895: FIRST UNDISPUTED LANDING ON THE ANTARCTIC CONTINENT

A party of six men from the ship Antarctic set foot on the Antarctic continent on 24 January, 1895, in the vicinity of Cape Adare. The party included

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MacLeod Updated

Thomas Frank MacLeod was born on 3 April, 1873, in Glasgow and grew up in Stornoway, on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. By the age of fourteen McLeod was a man of the sea. He fought in the Boer War where

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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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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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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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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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ON THIS DATE IN 1960: THOMAS MCLEOD

Thomas Frank McLeod was born on 3 April, 1873, in Glasgow and grew up in Stornoway, on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. By the age of fourteen McLeod was a man of the sea. He fought in the Boer War where he…

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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 ON 1854 Andrée

On 18 October, 1884, Salomon August Andrée was born in Gränna, Sweden.

The incredible story of S. A. Andrée is one that I have only recently come across. I won’t say much about it here. I will simply leave you, our …

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On This Date in 1885 Hurley

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On 15 October, 1885, Frank Hurley was born in Sydney. His photographs of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition have shaped how we visually think of the men, the landscape and the hardships, as well as the amusements,…

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Ernest to Emily

I have already made arrangements with Heinemann…and it means £10,000 if we are successful…and the book can pay off guarantees if the people really want them but I think they will not ask for them if we are successful…’

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Looking for more polar adventure stories?

Just in case the breath-taking stories of Sir Ernest Shackleton are not enough to keep you enthralled and entertained, why not indulge your polar interests with those of Sir John Franklin, Capt. Roald Amundsen, Capt.…

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Hiberno-English evident in Shackleton’s voice recording?

After returning from his Nimrod expedition, recordings were made of Shackleton speaking about his experiences. In his book, Shackleton: A Life in Poetry, Jim Mayer wrote:

‘There are no traces of an Irish accent,…

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Shackleton’s Bible given to him by Queen Alexandra

My apologies for the tardiness of this post, another piece of writing has been occupying my attention of late. John O’Reilly, the exhibition’s managing director, asked me recently to research Perce Blackborow

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Easter: The Endurance Christian heritage

Easter is the time of year at which Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here at the Shackleton exhibition, it got us thinking on the faith of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Christian heritage of the …

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BlOG #30 March 2015

Saint Patrick’s Day gave us here at the exhibition an appropriate opportunity to ponder on the men aboard the Endurance who were born in Ireland. Below is a short word on the four the crew members born on the island of …

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BLOG #1 Feb 2015

It was interesting to see the article in the Irish Times on Saturday 7th February with the heading “Shackleton: one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known”. This was a book review by Tim Jarvis of Michael

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