The money


“As a result, or otherwise, Shackleton extracted from Dudley Docker, of the BSA company in Birmingham, a gift of £10,000 to pay for Endurance. Lord Iveagh, once more, guaranteed a loan, this time for £5,000. Finally, an Australian banker living in London, Sir. Robert Lucas-Tooth, guaranteed another £5,000. It was enough to save the government grant, which was officially announced on 4 May. Only half was to be paid that year, however. The remaining £5,000 had to wait until 1915. Various benefactors obliged with small donations. Neville Chamberlain, for example, then an alderman of Birmingham, gave £5. Elizabeth Dawson-Lambton, faithful still, produced money for Shackleton yet again. The big donors hung back, but at this point Shackleton approached a wealthy spinster called Janet Stancomb-Wills.”
Roland Huntford

About Ernest Shackleton

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