Monthly Archives: September 2013

Goodbye

“I always feel as long as I am doing the work and getting through the fight that all is well.” β€” letter to Emily Shackleton *** [Upon Shackleton’s return to England and the Great War, reception was markedly… subdued. Even, … Continue reading

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Shackleton’s grave, Grytviken, South Georgia

“In the darkening twilight I saw a lone star hover Gem-like above the bay.” β€” Ernest Shackleton, last words in diary “I think this is as “the Boss” would have had it himself, standing lonely in an island far from … Continue reading

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A wonderful evening

“At last we came to anchor in Grytviken. How familiar the coast seemed as we passed down: we saw with full interest the places we struggled over after the boat journey… The old familiar smell of dead whale permeates everything. … Continue reading

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All aboard the Quest

The Shackleton-Rowett Expedition, 1921-22.

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The fate of the crew

The Endurance: “McCarthy, the best and most efficient of the sailors, always cheerful under the most trying circumstances, and who for these very reasons I chose to accompany me on the boat journey to South Georgia, was killed at his … Continue reading

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The Ross Sea Party

A close reporting of the fate of the Ross Sea Party has been outside the scope of this narration, as I had no way of receiving news from them until some of our party had reached South Georgia, the telegraph … Continue reading

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“A world beater and a good money spinner”

[South (orig. In the Grip of the Polar Pack Ice), by Frank Hurley, 1919. Watch entire film on BFI website.] “All the plates which were exposed on the wreck nearly twelve months ago turned out excellently. The small Kodak film … Continue reading

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Prospice, by Robert Browning

Prospice FEAR death?β€”to feel the fog in my throat, The mist in my face, When the snows begin, and the blasts denote I am nearing the place, The power of the night, the press of the storm, The post of … Continue reading

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Not a life lost and we have been through Hell.

3rd Sept 1916 My darling, I have done it. Damn the Admiralty. I wonder who is responsible for their attitude to me. Not a life lost and we have been through Hell. Soon will I be home and then I … Continue reading

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Arrival

“Shortly after 7 a.m. Sir E. rowed ashore & telephoned our arrival on to Punta Arenas, so that the populace might roll up and greet us after church, we being due to arrive at 12 noon. The Yelcho was bedecked … Continue reading

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