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Shackleton’s Final Quest

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 […]

Ann Savours Shirley

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 […]

Newsletter correction

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 […]

The Quest Chronicle

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the first book for almost a century which concentrates on the Quest (Shackleton-Rowett) Expedition, and contains much unpublished material.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 […]

A date to remember

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 […]

Shackleton’s Final Quest Voyage

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 […]

Centenary Updates

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 […]

Centenary tributes

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: […]

New book, familiar story

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 […]

James Caird receiving visitors again

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 […]

Star of the silver screen!

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 […]

The Last Great First …

… 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 […]

Keeping up with the Caird!

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 […]

Shackleton’s Critic

As the heroic age of exploration draws to a close, a new book tells the story of one of the heroes involved – one who is little known and scarcely recognised today. Eric Marshall, under the leadership of Ernest Shackleton, staggered to within 97 miles of the South Pole on the 1907 – 1909 Nimrod […]

Three celebrations of the Quest anniversary

As expected, the year has begun with a burst of activity as preparations gather pace to mark the centenary of Shackleton’s death aboard Quest in South Georgia on 5 January 1922. Most recent news comes from JCS member Paul Hart, Expedition Leader of Antarctic Quest 21. This expedition is one of scientific research and will follow untrodden […]

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