Monthly Archives: July 2014

The generation of 1914

“Like men longing for a thunderstorm to relieve them of the summer’s sultriness, so the generation of 1914 believed in the relief that war might bring.” — a Hapsburg official, quoted in Thunder at Twilight, by Frederic Morton

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A royal visit

Ernest Shackleton (second from left), Queen Alexandra (third from left), Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, Emily Shackleton (in white), Edward Shackleton (child). “Shackleton received Queen Alexandra when, at her own desire, she inspected Endurance at the London docks, and … Continue reading

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Alfred Cheetham, Third Officer

“Cheetham the veteran of the Antarctic had been more often south than any other man.” — Ernest Shackleton, on Alfred Cheetham, third officer aboard the Endurance “Alfred Cheetham was born in 1867 in Liverpool. He was a small, lean man … Continue reading

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Dr. James McIlroy

James McIlroy, second surgeon aboard the Endurance “…having been abroad in so many places, I couldn’t have settled down in England.” — James McIlroy “A sardonic, sarcastic blighter.” — Lionel Greenstreet “McIlroy heard by chance at his club that Shackleton … Continue reading

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Tom Crean

“Tom Crean was an Irishman from County Kerry, and a Royal Navy petty officer. Crean was undeniably tough, determined and experienced. He had been to the Antarctic on Discovery, and again with Scott on his second expedition. “Crean was not … Continue reading

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Many a wise face would look foolish without specs

“The interview was very brief — ‘Why do you want to go?’ ‘I don’t know, I just want to.’ ‘You look fit enough are you perfectly healthy…?’ ‘Perfectly fit.’ ‘What is wrong with your eyes?’ ‘Nothing.’ “At this I could … Continue reading

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Magnetician and Physicist

“‘Gentle Jimmy’ was the expedition’s magnetician and physicist. Macklin wrote that he had: ‘some wonderful electrical machines which none of us understood…and a joke of ours that annoyed him very much was that he did not either.’” “Like many of … Continue reading

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