Long-serving members of the JCS will remember our 2013 Newsletter featuring the Epic Expedition which replicated the original trip of the James Caird across the Southern Ocean from Elephant Island to South Georgia using the same rudimentary equipment, period clothing and technology as Shackleton had nearly 100 years before. This 2013 expedition, led by Tim […]
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A new publication is now available from St James Park Press which tells the fascinating story of Aurora Australis, the first book written, printed, illustrated and bound in Antarctica, during the Nimrod Expedition, 1907-9. An Albion in the Antarctic was first published in 2019 using an Albion Press akin to the one originally taken to […]
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The Ice Tracks expedition to commemorate the centenary of Shackleton’s death aboard Quest in 1922 set sail from Ushuaia on 31 December 2022, having been unavoidably delayed by Covid. The expedition party, comprising some 80 adventurers aboard the Island Sky, included JCS members (notably Chairman Rear Admiral Nick Lambert) as well as Patrick Bergel, the […]
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Ann Savours Shirley (1927 – 2022) Members of the James Caird Society will be saddened to hear of the death of eminent Polar historian and writer, Ann Savours Shirley, at the age of 95. Ann’s contribution to the history of Polar exploration was phenomenal, and a full obituary will appear in the next issue of the […]
We regret that in our Summer 2022 Newsletter there was an error in the piece about The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust’s Endurance22 Expedition. In it we wrongly described Mensun Bound as Leader of Expedition22. The Leader was in fact Dr John Shears, with Nico Vincent as his deputy. Mensun Bound was Director of Exploration. Full […]
We are pleased to announce the publication of a new work by Jan Chojecki, grandson of John Quiller Rowett. This is a limited edition hardback and is available to buy online. It is the first book for almost a century which concentrates on the Quest (Shackleton-Rowett) Expedition, and contains much unpublished material. For more information […]
Wednesday 9 March 2022 turned out to be a highly significant day for the James Caird Society and indeed for all admirers of the feats of Sir Ernest Shackleton: not only was it the date of a special reception to mark the launch of Shackleton’s legacy and the power of early Antarctic photography, but it was also […]
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It has been decided – with heavy hearts – by all those involved in organising Shackleton’s Final Quest Voyage that the most prudent course would be to postpone. The situation of those vessels already operating in Antarctica made it increasingly clear that it would be impossible to guarantee that the trip would be as the […]
The ten-strong team of Kent Scouts who took part in ReQuest21 are now back in the UK after a successful expedition. After 20 days at sea taking an active part in sailing the Bark Europa tall ship – taking the helm, helping set sails, climbing rigging and doing lookout duty – they made their way […]
Wednesday 5 January 2022 marked the 100th anniversary of Shackleton’s death aboard Quest in South Georgia. Many events and expeditions this year pay tribute to the centenary, including the ReQuest21 Expedition undertaken by the Kent Scouts and Shackleton’s Final Quest voyage, organised by IceTracks with the support of the James Caird Society. Closer to home: […]
Lost, the diaries of Thomas Orde Lees, have been edited and compiled by John Thomson, author of Elephant Island & Beyond. This brand-new edition will have a special appeal for members of the James Caird Society, not purely because of its superb content! Members are being offered a £5 discount with proof of membership and […]
After over a year in pandemic-driven lock down, the James Caird is once more ‘back in business’. Members of the public can arrange to visit the world’s most famous lifeboat on Fridays at 11.30am. Please wear a mask and bring evidence of a recent negative Lateral Flow Test. All visits must be pre-booked via […]
Sir Ernest Shackleton, as is widely known, was educated at Dulwich College; so it is fitting that the great explorer is being used by the College in an educational package for the students of today. Hal Howe, also a former pupil of Dulwich College, was commissioned to produce a short film telling the story of […]
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… with doctors on skis October will see another challenging expedition which aims to emulate the spirit of Shackleton: Gareth Andrews and Richard Stephenson, both medical practitioners, will attempt to become the first team in history to ski across the continent of Antarctica, including its two permanent ice shelves, unsupported. Their success over this 2600 […]
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Kent Scouts ReQuest21 project has already earned a mention or two in these pages – but now they are really pushing the boat out! With two high profile rowing machines positioned either side of what is perhaps the most famous boat in the world, Request21 will be undertaking a Big Sponsored 24-hour James Caird Row-A-Thon […]
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