The James Caird Society

Welcome to the website of the James Caird Society, a society dedicated to honouring the outstanding qualities of leadership associated with the name of Sir Ernest Shackleton, especially during the ill-fated but glorious Endurance Expedition, when all members of the party were rescued following a daring 800-mile voyage in the 23’ 6” life boat James Caird.

The Society has two formal dinners each year, held at Dulwich College, Shackleton’s former school and now home of the James Caird. These are usually very well attended events, featuring a relevant speaker and with welcome drinks ‘around the boat’. We also issue an annual Newsletter, and a Journal every 18 months or so.

The 2019 AGM and Dinner took place at Dulwich College on Friday 22 November 2019. The event was well-attended and guests were entertained by a fascinating lecture – brilliantly illustrated – by Simon Stephens, Curator of the Ship Model and Boat collections at the National Maritime Museum.


We regret that the 2020 November Dinner which was due to take place on Friday 20 November has now been cancelled.

We are hoping that the 2021 May Dinner will take place at Dulwich College next year on Friday 21 May. More details the on News page.