Sir Ernest Shackleton

In 1914 Ernest Shackleton, intent on completing the final conquest of Antarctica by crossing the continent from sea to sea, arrived at South Georgia and prepared for the trans-continental journey. He sought information from the whalers on the likely weather conditions, and despite their warnings of ice far north that season, set off with the crew of the Endurance on the 5th December towards the Weddell Sea. The story of the Endurance expedition that unfolded is one of the great tales of polar history, and is central to the history of the island of South Georgia.

Use the link opposite to view the Shackleton related artefacts held at the South Georgia Museum.

Find out more about Shackleton’s birthplace of Athy in Ireland, and the Shackleton museum using the links below.

 

Below are private diary extract from Sir James Wordie who was the Geologist and Chief of Scientific Staff, Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917.

Courtesy of his Grandson Roddie Wordie and The Ultimate Travel Company.

'The Quest' Exhibition

Shackleton’s Last Quest marks the centenary of the Quest Expedition and what is considered the end of the heroic era of polar exploration.

'My Shackleton' Exhibition

A collaborative online exhibition marking the centenary of the death of Sir Ernest Shackleton at South Georgia.

Shackletons Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914–1917

Watch Shackleton’s incredible Trans-Antarctic Journey unfold.
Credit: VASSdesign Polar Art

Ernest Shackleton's lost ship found off Antarctica

Ocean Researchers discover The Endurance deep below the Weddell Sea