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It is perhaps fitting, then, that his widow chose South Georgia as his final resting place after his death in 1922. [49], It was noted that ice conditions were unstable, precluding the establishment of a safe base there. On 8 May, thanks to Worsley's navigational skills, the cliffs of South Georgia came into sight, but hurricane-force winds prevented the possibility of landing. The manager, ‘an old friend of ours’ as Wild wrote, had been with Shackleton the previous afternoon and was shocked by the news. He assisted Wild in the jobs that needed to be done. Seb Coulthard | Issue 10. Filchner had left Bremerhaven in May 1911; in December 1912, the news arrived from South Georgia that his expedition had failed. There is a legend that says Shackleton's newspaper article was written a certain way so that he could better narrow down and select candidates for his expedition. He also socialized with his crew members every evening after dinner, leading sing-alongs, jokes, and games. Tom Crean was in more immediate charge as head dog-handler. Shackleton immediately sent a boat to pick up the three men from the other side of South Georgia while he set to work to organise the rescue of the Elephant Island men. Shackleton's mother, Henrietta Letitia Sophia Gavan, was descended from the Fitzmaurice family. Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Grave – Grytviken, South Georgia Sir Ernest Shackleton died on this day in 1922. He is one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.. Born in Kilkea, County Kildare, Shackleton and his Anglo-Irish family move to Sydenham, London when he is ten. He thought seriously of going to the Beaufort Sea area of the Arctic, a largely unexplored region, and raised some interest in this idea from the Canadian government. James Brooks / The Associated Press. [38] He was then offered, and accepted, the secretaryship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS), a post which he took up on 11 January 1904. [145] In 2001, the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum, Athy, County Kildare, Ireland, established the Ernest Shackleton Autumn School, which is held annually, to honour the memory of Ernest Shackleton. It is a strange and curious place. He was one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Frank Worsley was captain again, Frank Wild was Shackleton’s deputy, and Alexander Macklin was one of three doctors. On January 5th, 1922, Sir Ernest Shackleton died suddenly of a heart attack. [42] Shackleton by this time was making no secret of his ambition to return to Antarctica at the head of his own expedition. 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[124] The expedition left England on 24 September 1921. Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (February 15, 1874 – January 5, 1922) was a Polar explorer who led 3 British expeditions to Antarctica. Other crew included James, Hussey, Greenstreet, a carpenter Harry McNish, and a biologist named Clark. [110][111] In October 1917, he was sent to Buenos Aires to boost British propaganda in South America. It is likely that many debts were not pressed and were written off. Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (15 February 1874 – 5 January 1922) was a polar explorer. The crew escaped by camping on the sea ice until it disintegrated, then by launching the lifeboats to reach Elephant Island and ultimately South Georgia Island, a stormy ocean voyage of 720 nautical miles (1,330 km; 830 mi) and Shackleton's most famous exploit. Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton CVO OBE FRGS FRSGS (/ˈʃækəltən/; 15 February 1874 – 5 January 1922) was an Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. The Shackletons were originally from Yorkshire, but Shackleton was born in County Kildare, Ireland. [128] Within a year the first biography, The Life of Sir Ernest Shackleton, by Hugh Robert Mill, was published. [59], On Shackleton's return home, public honours were quickly forthcoming. [17], Although Discovery was not a Royal Navy unit, Scott required the crew, officers and scientific staff to submit to the conditions of the Naval Discipline Act, and the ship and expedition were run on Royal Navy lines. The second in a family of ten, his father Henry farmed at Kilkea. [33], Years after the death of Scott, Wilson and Shackleton, Albert Armitage, the expedition's second-in-command, claimed that there had been a falling-out on the southern journey, and that Scott had told the ship's doctor that "if he does not go back sick he will go back in disgrace. [h][99][100] Not only did Shackleton recognize their value for the job but also because he knew the potential risk they were to morale. When you ask people to name … On 4 January, 1922, the ‘Quest’ reached South Georgia and cast anchor off the Grytviken whaling station. [94], After five harrowing days at sea, the exhausted men landed their three lifeboats at Elephant Island, 346 miles (557 km) from where the Endurance sank. and I said 'Yes darling, as far as I am concerned'". He is known for coming closest to the location of the South Pole. The ship, after a drift of many months, had returned to New Zealand. [11] In August 1894, he passed his examination for second mate and accepted a post as third officer on a tramp steamer of the Welsh Shire Line. Beardmore was sufficiently impressed with Shackleton to offer financial support,[c][43] but other donations proved hard to come by. He was busy with arranging communications to Emily, Lady Shackleton, and John Quiller Rowett, the ‘Quest’ expedition’s financial backer. As the ship moved southward navigating in ice, first year ice was encountered, which slowed progress. After landing, Shackleton took part in an experimental balloon flight on 4 February. [74], Shackleton published details of his new expedition, grandly titled the "Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition", early in 1914. He then sought to cash in on his celebrity by making a fortune in the business world. Meanwhile, a second ship, the Aurora, would take a supporting party under Captain Aeneas Mackintosh to McMurdo Sound on the opposite side of the continent. Shackleton's first experience of the polar regions was as third officer on Captain Robert Falcon Scott's Discovery expedition of 1901–1904, from which he was sent home early on health grounds, after he and his companions Scott and Edward Adrian Wilson set a new southern record by marching to latitude 82°S. The attitudes of his men were a point of emphasis in leading his men back to safety. [76] Public interest in the expedition was considerable; Shackleton received more than 5,000 applications to join it. 77510). In 1921, Shackleton returned to Antarctica, leading another expedition. Shackleton's mind turned to a project that had been announced, and then abandoned, by the Scottish explorer William Speirs Bruce, for a continental crossing, from a landing in the Weddell Sea, via the South Pole to McMurdo Sound. He called for Frank Worsley and informed him of Shackleton’s death. [49] Nimrod arrived at McMurdo Sound on 29 January, but was stopped by ice 16 miles (26 km) north of Discovery's old base at Hut Point. He tried to be a successful businessman but failed. Ernest Shackleton Ernest Shackleton Short Biography. [92] By 17 March, their ice camp was within 60 miles (97 km) of Paulet Island;[93] however, separated by impassable ice, they were unable to reach it. [148] In 2002, Channel 4 produced Shackleton, a TV serial depicting the 1914 expedition with Kenneth Branagh in the title role. [55] They arrived at Hut Point just in time to catch the ship. [f][73] The transcontinental journey, in Shackleton's words, was the "one great object of Antarctic journeyings" remaining, now open to him. Suffering from a heart condition, made worse by the fatigue of his arduous journeys, and too old to be conscripted, he nevertheless volunteered for the army. [6] Four years later, the family moved again, from Ireland to Sydenham in suburban London. In 1921, he returned to the Antarctic with the Shackleton–Rowett Expedition, but died of a heart attack while his ship was moored in South Georgia. Shackleton was on a quest to be the first person to reach the south pole starting as a teen ager. He appealed to the Chilean government, which offered the use of the Yelcho, a small seagoing tug from its navy. On April 24th, he set off with five sailors from Elephant Island across 800 miles of the world's stormiest seas to seek help. With Tim Jarvis. Shackleton was on a quest to be the first person to reach the south pole starting as a teen ager. On 27 November 2011, the ashes of Frank Wild were interred on the right-hand side of Shackleton's gravesite in Grytviken. Details are lacking, but it is known that Mr. Shackleton had been ill with pneumonia. Shackleton's fellow-explorers expressed their admiration; Roald Amundsen wrote, in a letter to RGS Secretary John Scott Keltie, that "the English nation has by this deed of Shackleton's won a victory that can never be surpassed". About five years ago he married Miss Pearle Tayman of Rockwood, who suvives him, together with a young son. In the early hours of 5 January, 1922, Sir Ernest H. Shackleton died aboard the 'Quest' while anchored in Grytviken Harbour, South Georgia. Born 15 February 1874, in Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton was a popular British Antarctic explorer. Ernest Shackleton had been a junior officer on Robert Falcon Scott's Discovery expedition (1902-03), and his expedition with the Nimrod (1907-09) had taken him closer to the South Pole than anyone before. Dr Alexander Macklin was on the anchor watch from 2-4am that night. The three men all suffered at times from snow blindness, frostbite and, ultimately, scurvy. As Wild wrote: All hands mustered quietly and stood bareheaded as we lifted the coffin, covered by our silk white ensign, to the side of the Quest, and passed it over into a motor launch. Macklin wrote that the Boss ‘talked of many things quite rationally’ and so he took the ‘opportunity to emphasize the necessity of his taking things very much more quietly than he had been doing’. For these achievements, Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII on his return home. On January 5, 1922, he died suddenly of a heart attack on South Georgia Island. London, 1923. His hero, early 20th century Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, did. [150] That same year, on the date of what would have been Shackleton's 137th birthday, Google honored him with a Google Doodle. A revival of the vintage—and since lost—formula for the particular brands found has been offered for sale with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust which discovered the lost spirits. Bruce, who had failed to acquire financial backing, was happy that Shackleton should adopt his plans,[73] which were similar to those being followed by the German explorer Wilhelm Filchner. Dying heavily in debt, Shackleton's small estate consisted of personal effects to the value of £556 2s. Seb Coulthard | Issue 10. [133] Lady Shackleton survived her husband by 14 years, dying in 1936. Like many great tales, Shackleton’s story is one of failure. The County Kildare man died having become one of Ireland's best-known explorers of the Polar Regions. "[134], Before the return of Shackleton's body to South Georgia, there was a memorial service held for him with full military honours at Holy Trinity Church, Montevideo, and on 2 March a service was held at St Paul's Cathedral, London, at which the King and other members of the royal family were represented. He was buried on the island. He wrote the following words in his diary, that were to be his last: At last, after sixteen days of turmoil and anxiety, on a peaceful sunshiny day, we came to anchor in Grytviken. The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 10 December 2011 (M.P.C. The James Caird lifeboat journey spanned over 800 miles of the tempestuous Southern Ocean, followed by a subsequent crossing of South Georgia on foot. [11], In 1898, Shackleton joined Union-Castle Line, the regular mail and passenger carrier between Southampton and Cape Town. The Shackleton family are of English origin, specifically from Yorkshire. Ernest Henry Shackleton British Antarctic Expedition (1907-09) My South Polar Expedition. Sir Ernest Shackleton visited old friends at the whaling station and organised preparations for the expedition. [31] Although in public they remained mutually respectful and cordial,[34] according to biographer Roland Huntford, Shackleton's attitude to Scott turned to "smouldering scorn and dislike"; salvage of wounded pride required "a return to the Antarctic and an attempt to outdo Scott". [14][15] Although officially on leave from Union-Castle, this was in fact the end of Shackleton's Merchant Navy service. Born 15 February 1874, in Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton was a popular British Antarctic explorer. This was the first of a number of books about Shackleton that began to appear, showing him in a highly positive light. Since Shackleton's inception in 2014, founders Ian Holdcroft and Martin Brooks have been razor-focused on creating a brand worthy of "the boss's" great name. Shackleton came back to Britain expecting a hero's welcoming like Scott's, but instead discovered that World War I had started and everyone had stopped giving a shit about his multiple deaths. Repeatedly requesting posting to the front in France,[109] he was by now drinking heavily. [98] Ship's carpenter Harry McNish made various improvements, including raising the sides, strengthening the keel, building a makeshift deck of wood and canvas, and sealing the work with oil paint and seal blood.[98]. Leaving McNish, Vincent and McCarthy at the landing point on South Georgia, Shackleton travelled 32 miles (51 km)[95] with Worsley and Crean over extremely dangerous mountainous terrain for 36 hours to reach the whaling station at Stromness on 20 May. Shackleton was then briefly involved in a mission to Spitzbergen to establish a British presence there under guise of a mining operation. Shackleton suffered frostbitten fingers as a result. [31] He was in a seriously weakened condition; Wilson's diary entry for 14 January reads: "Shackleton has been anything but up to the mark, and today he is decidedly worse, very short winded and coughing constantly, with more serious symptoms that need not be detailed here but which are of no small consequence one hundred and sixty miles from the ship". Henry Worsley: The explorer's tragic final quest in footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton. He studied at Dulwich College at the age of 13, and although he disliked school, he placed 5th in a class of 31 students during his final term. Today is the 99th anniversary of the death of famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who died in South Georgia on 5 January 1922 on his fourth expedition to the Antarctic. Shackleton's grave on South Georgia Island. 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