PRESIDENT OF THE JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY
The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton succeeded her father, Lord Shackleton KG OBE PC (1911-94), younger son of the explorer, as President of the James Caird Society, and has been at the heart of all its activities since. She was instrumental with Harding Dunnett in displaying the James Caird at the London Boat Show at Earl's Court in 1994, and in lending support to Trevor Potts's four man (three men and a woman) In the Wake of Shackleton expedition, which sought to recreate the James Caird boat journey and Shackleton's crossing of South Georgia, the first such expedition to attempt this.
The fact that there have now been a number of expeditions from various countries attempting to re-enact Shackleton's adventures, including the present plan to complete his journey to the South Pole and back, together with at least three major films or documentaries and the appearance of a host of new Shackleton books and republications, is clear evidence of the vast increase of interest in Shackleton in the past dozen years. Shackleton's name is now reverenced almost as much as in his lifetime, and by even more people.
In recent times Hon. Alexandra Shackleton has represented the James Caird Society and spoken at a wide range of important and memorable events, including the visits of the James Caird to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Australian Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney and at the Te Papa, Wellington.
Alexandra Shackleton was also invited to take the key role in the official naming of the British Antarctic Survey research ship the RRS Ernest Shackleton after her grandfather.
Not least, Alexandra Shackleton has maintained her grandfather's close links with the Hispanic-speaking countries. Ernest Shackleton set sail from Argentina, was rescued by Chile, was a visitor to Brazil and had his funeral celebrated in Uruguay.
The Society is invariably represented by Alexandra Shackleton and other senior members or members of the committee.