Recreation of Shackletons voyage

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Recreation of Shackletons voyage

Post by roger » Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:25 pm

I can only say I am full of admiration for these guys. Re creating first the voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia and now following in his footsteps over the glaciers to the whaling station where his team found help to rescue the rest of his men. Not a single man lost.

Amazing

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Re: Recreation of Shackletons voyage

Post by Bill-Conner » Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:28 pm

AND they wore the sort of gear that Shackletons men had, no woosy modrn kit for at least a few of them - respect.

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Re: Recreation of Shackletons voyage

Post by Hotspur » Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:14 pm

I saw the James Caird at the boat show a few years ago, and all I can say is that hauling boats that big and heavy around on the ice for months, then sailing one to South Georgia (with a very inefficient lug sail rig, and what looked like a flat sheet of heavyweight canvas for a sail) was little short of superhuman. It's great that voyages like this can be recreated, serves as a reminder of what humans are capable of. Has anyone ever recreated Bligh's small boat voyage after the Bounty mutiny I wonder?

Could I respectfully request that we refrain from repeating the myth that Shackleton didn't lose a single man? Of course, no-one from the Weddell Sea party led by Shackleton himself died, but the Ross Sea party from the same expedition was also stranded and several men unfortunately lost their lives. Shackleton's achievements were incredible, but I believe it's disrespectful to the memory of the Ross Sea party to concentrate only on the success of the Weddell Sea bit of the expedition.
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Re: Recreation of Shackletons voyage

Post by Bill-Conner » Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:42 am

The Bounty/Bligh voyage was done a few years back by Jasper Shackleton the son of Keith aka K Humphrey Shakewell, there was a web site. These Shackletons are relations of Ernest but not linear descendents. Keith painted several pictures of the boat at sea.

http://www.jamescairdsociety.com/shackl ... ?id=103158


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Re: Recreation of Shackletons voyage

Post by Hotspur » Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:00 pm

Inspiring stuff indeed!
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