Monthly Archives: March 2014

Nimrod Expedition Postcard

Nimrod Expedition, commemorative postcard [via]

Posted in Images

Pantheon of Polar Explorers

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

Posted in Images

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

Posted in Images, Shackleton

Nimrod Telegram

“MAY I BE PRIVILEGED TO NAME A NEW RANGE OF MOUNTAINS IN THE FAR SOUTH AFTER HER MAJESTY = SHACKLETON CHRISTCHURCH NEW ZEALAND” [Telegram in the Royal Collection; image via telegramsfromlastcentury.tumblr.com]

Posted in Uncategorized

Map of Furthest Point South, 1909

Image | Posted on by

The Nimrod’s return

Left to right: Frank Wild, Ernest Shackleton, Eric Marshall, and Jameson Adams, aboard the Nimrod after reaching the Furthest Point South, 1909. [photo probably by James Murray, printed in Shackleton’s Heart of the Antarctic, via, and via.]

Posted in Images

Thousands of pounds for one biscuit

“Thousands of pounds would not have bought that one biscuit.” — Frank Wild, 1909 Nimrod Expedition biscuit sold at Christie’s in 2000 for £4,935. Nimrod Expedition biscuit sold at Christie’s in 2011 for £1,250. (photo: Ben Stansall for AFP)

Posted in Images, Other Voices

Forced March Tablets

“Cocaine was dripped in the eye to cure snowblindness, and chalk ground up with opium was used for diarrhoea. No antibiotics in 1907 of course. Perhaps the only medications that Shackleton carried that we would still use today were aspirin … Continue reading

Posted in Images, Other Voices

The Magnetic South Pole

Right to left: Alistair Mackay, Edgeworth David (pulling string for shutter), Douglas Mawson. The Magnetic South Pole, 72º 25′ South, longitude 155º 16′ East, reached on 17 January 1909.

Posted in Images, Other Voices

Furthest Point South

9 January 1909: we reached our Furthest Point South, 88º 23 S. 162º E.; 97.5 nautical miles from the South Pole. We planted the flag and left a box of my Antarctic stamps, then turned around for the return to … Continue reading

Posted in Images