Monthly Archives: July 2014

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

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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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Sir James Wordie, geologist

Sir James Wordie, known as “Jock,” geologist and head of the expedition’s scientific staff. “Wordie was recommended to Shackleton for the expedition by Raymond Priestley (later knighted) who had been the geologist on the Nimrod expedition. He was expedition geologist … Continue reading

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Not adverse to voicing his opinion

“Mrs. Chippy” perched on Perce Blackborow “Henry McNish was one of the oldest members of the expedition, a Scot of whom Shackleton wrote was “the only man I’m not dead certain of”. This somewhat curmudgeonly figure was the ship’s carpenter … Continue reading

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Harry “Chippy” McNeish

“[McNeish was] neither sweet-tempered nor tolerant and his Scots voice could rasp like frayed wire cable. He had no use whatever for a gangling first-tripper who spoke, as he expressed it, “like a pimp at a whore’s tea-party”… I loved … Continue reading

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