Author Archives: Ernest Shackleton

About Ernest Shackleton

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

Ulysses

It little profits that an idle king, By this still hearth, among these barren crags, Match’d with an aged wife, I mete and dole Unequal laws unto a savage race, That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me. … Continue reading

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The expedition would go ahead

Sir James Key Caird, largest donor to the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition “Sir James Key Caird (1837-1916) was a wealthy Dundee jute manufacturer and philanthropist, to whom Sir Ernest Shackleton wrote in 1914 asking for a donation of £50. Caird promised … Continue reading

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Now!

Out of your whole life give but a moment! All of your life that has gone before, All to come after it, — so you ignore, So you make perfect the present, condense, In a rapture of rage, for perfection’s … Continue reading

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Departure

8 August 1914 “The Endurance sailed from Plymouth, obeying the direct orders of the Admiralty. “I make particular reference to this phase of the Expedition as I am aware that there was a certain amount of criticism of the Expedition … Continue reading

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Lionel Greenstreet, first officer

With just 48 hours notice, Lionel Greenstreet signed on with Endurance as first officer. Greenstreet hailed from a sea-faring family; his father was a captain with the New Zealand Shipping Company. Greenstreet had gone to sea as a cadet at … Continue reading

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Expect Expedition will be postponed

“I mustered all hands and told them that I proposed to send a telegram to the Admiralty offering the ships, stores, and, if they agreed, our own services to the country in the event of war breaking out. All hands … Continue reading

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The Lily of Belgium

The Lily of Belgium: The sufferings and renaissance of Belgium, a contemporary allegory, by Wladyslaw Starewicz, 1915: an animated insect short film about the invasion of Belgium by Germany and the start of WWI: Part I: Part II: “A keen … Continue reading

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