Huberht Hudson, Navigator


Huberht Hudson, Navigating Officer

“[Hudson] owed his nickname — Buddha — to a practical joke he had fallen for once while the ship was at South Georgia. The men had convinced him that there was to be a costume party ashore … and any man who had seen South Georgia with his own eyes — its glaciers and rugged mountains, the stink of whale entrails rotting in the harbor — and who could believe it to be the scene of a costume party … but Hudson did. They got him to remove most of his clothing and they dressed him in a bedsheet. Then they tied the lid of a teapot on his head with pieces of ribbon running under his chin. Thus attired, he was rowed to shore, shivering in the icy blasts that howled down off the mountains. A party was held at the home of the whaling factory manager. But when Hudson walked in, he was most assuredly the only one in costume.”

— Alfred Lansing, Endurance

About Ernest Shackleton

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