Monthly Archives: August 2014


It little profits that an idle king, By this still hearth, among these barren crags, Match’d with an aged wife, I mete and dole Unequal laws unto a savage race, That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me. … Continue reading

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The expedition would go ahead

Sir James Key Caird, largest donor to the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition “Sir James Key Caird (1837-1916) was a wealthy Dundee jute manufacturer and philanthropist, to whom Sir Ernest Shackleton wrote in 1914 asking for a donation of £50. Caird promised … Continue reading

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Out of your whole life give but a moment! All of your life that has gone before, All to come after it, — so you ignore, So you make perfect the present, condense, In a rapture of rage, for perfection’s … Continue reading

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8 August 1914 “The Endurance sailed from Plymouth, obeying the direct orders of the Admiralty. “I make particular reference to this phase of the Expedition as I am aware that there was a certain amount of criticism of the Expedition … Continue reading

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Lionel Greenstreet, first officer

With just 48 hours notice, Lionel Greenstreet signed on with Endurance as first officer. Greenstreet hailed from a sea-faring family; his father was a captain with the New Zealand Shipping Company. Greenstreet had gone to sea as a cadet at … Continue reading

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Expect Expedition will be postponed

“I mustered all hands and told them that I proposed to send a telegram to the Admiralty offering the ships, stores, and, if they agreed, our own services to the country in the event of war breaking out. All hands … Continue reading

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The Lily of Belgium

The Lily of Belgium: The sufferings and renaissance of Belgium, a contemporary allegory, by Wladyslaw Starewicz, 1915: an animated insect short film about the invasion of Belgium by Germany and the start of WWI: Part I: Part II: “A keen … Continue reading

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The Wearing o’ the Green

The Endurance sailed from London’s East India docks today. “In delicate allusion to the fact that there are… Irishmen in the Expedition, including the leader…the pipers struck up ‘The Wearing o’ the Green’.” — Manchester Guardian

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