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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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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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The Wearing o’ the Green

The Endurance sailed from London’s East India docks today. “In delicate allusion to the fact that there are… Irishmen in the Expedition, including the leader…the pipers struck up ‘The Wearing o’ the Green’.” — Manchester Guardian

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North Sea flight

Taking off in his Blériot XI-2 plane, from Cruden Bay, Scotland, [Tryggve] Gran landed 4 hours 10 minutes later at Kleppe, near Stavanger, Norway, after a flight of 465 kilometres (289 mi). “It is the longest oversea flight without sight … Continue reading

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Royalty Chart

Click image to see larger version — Brookings Institute

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First cousins

Tsar Nicholas II and King George V Kaiser Wilhelm II “Wilhelm’s left arm was damaged during birth; throughout his life he could not dress or cut his food without help. He was jocular but cold and arrogant and prone to … Continue reading

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Robert Clark, biologist

Robert Clark, biologist “Both [Clark and Wordie] were ‘dour Aberdonians.’” — Roland Huntford, Shackleton “He was never quite so excited as when he had found a new or novel specimen for his biological collections. [...] Clark was known for his … Continue reading

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