Author Archives: Ernest Shackleton

About Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.

Tabard Cigarette Company

Tabard cigarette tin, price realized: £1,076 on 25 September 2002, Christie’s London. From the auction catalog description: “The ‘Tabard’ Cigarette & Tobacco Co. Ltd.’ a ‘Tabard’ cigarette tin, 5¼in. (13.3cm.) long, containing Shackleton’s petty cash, the majority South American small … Continue reading

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He who goes first into the fray

— F. S. Welhaven, 1807-1873, Norwegian: Protesilaos (1839-45).

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The Heart of the Antarctic

FIRST EDITION, NUMBER 4 OF 300 COPIES SIGNED BY ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE SHORE PARTY. Price realized: £15,000 Christie’s London, 15 October 2009

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A command of vivid, forceful English

“If I said that any chapter was simply the transcription of notes taken down from Shackleton’s dictation, I should be telling an untruth. If I said that any chapter was entirely mine, I should be telling an untruth. My work … Continue reading

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Garden Party

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The undisputed Lion

“A green and blue gauze were put together to look like the sea, and between the folds fishes were placed. On the top of this a large sheet of plate glass was laid, edged around with seaweed. In the centre … Continue reading

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The Lone Trail

THE LONE TRAIL Ye who know the Lone Trail fain would follow it, Though it lead to glory or the darkness of the pit. Ye who take the Lone Trail, bid your love good-by; The Lone Trail, the Lone Trail … Continue reading

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Nimrod Expedition Postcard

Nimrod Expedition, commemorative postcard [via]

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Pantheon of Polar Explorers

— from a feature in the Illustrated London News, as reprinted in Huntford’s Shackleton.

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My Diary

“9 January 1909 The last day out we have shot our bolt and the tale is 88.23 S 162 E. The wind eased down at 1 am. At 2 am we were up and had breakfast and shortly after 4 … Continue reading

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