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.


The pandemic meant that the first event at Dulwich College for some time was the AGM and dinner which took place on Friday 5 November. Guests were treated to a fascinating talk by David Mears asking ‘Can Shackleton’s Endurance be found?’

It is not too late to order your Shackleton poster. Find out how here.