Julian Dowdeswell of SPRI

Julian Dowdeswell of SPRI is heading up a team of scientists on board SA Agulhas II currently en route for the Weddell Sea. One of the most ambitious Polar expeditions in recent years, the scientists will try to discover why a trillion-tonne iceberg the size of Northumberland broke off the ice shelf and floated 28 miles (45km) last year. They also aim to search for the wreck of Endurance, crushed in ice more than 100 years ago.

Scholarly Article: Worsley’s Navigational Logbook aboard the James Caird

The Navigational Logbook of Frank Worsley, one he kept whilst navigating the James Caird from Elephant Island to South Georgia is now available via this link:
The logbook was discovered at the Canterbury Museum, but instead of a heroic read, it took nearly a decade to decipher and prove each character.  Cmdr Worsley utilized a form of celestial navigation popular in the 1800s, and as such, proved itself incomprehensible even to modern practitioners of celestial navigation.
Each page of the logbook is presented, along with a precise transcription and explanation of each day’s navigational tasks.  Unlike Lansing, 1959, this isn’t a summary.  Rather, it is an exacting and exhaustive document, peer reviewed by others familiar with time sight celestial navigation.

Henry Worsley returns to Grytviken

Henry Worsley returns to Grytviken on the glorious island of South Georgia

Ice Tracks is honoured to be taking the ashes of a great polar hero, who tragically lost his life traversing Antarctica, to be laid to rest in Grytviken, South Georgia.

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