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Issue Date: 07/01/2016
Issue Name: 100th Anniversary of Shackletons Antartic Expedition
Producer: Buckingham Covers
2016 sees the 100th anniversary of the end of Ernest Shackleton's antarctic expedition. This beautiful cover commemorates the aptly named 'Endurance' expedition.
100th Anniversary of the ‘Endurance’ Expedition
The United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) works to advance the preservation, enhancement and promotion of Antarctic heritage and to engage, inform and inspire a global audience. UKAHT cares for six important historic sites on the Antarctic Peninsula, including Port Lockroy, as well as supporting other organisations with grants to ensure our Antarctic history is safeguarded and shared with a new generation keen to learn about Antarctica. UKAHT also supports other organisations to look after British Antarctic heritage sites in other parts of Antarctica. It is active in promoting Antarctic public engagement and supports institutions who have a connection to Antarctic heritage through their collections or education and outreach.
2016 will mark the peak of the four-year centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s “Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition”. In celebration, UKAHT will be offering its generous support to a number of centenary events, including an exhibition at The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and a commemorative service at Westminster Abbey.
Shackleton and his men left British waters aboard Endurance on 8 August 1914 and in December she departed South Georgia for the Weddell Sea. On 19 January 1915 Endurance became frozen in the pack ice. The ice put extreme pressures on the ship’s hull and, on 24 October, water began pouring in. On 21 November 1915 Endurance, having been crushed by the ice, finally sank, stranding her 28 men on the ice. The men spent months in makeshift camps until on 9 April 1916 their ice floe broke and they took to the three lifeboats, eventually landing on the uninhabited Elephant Island. Shackleton and five others then risked an 800 mile journey in the James Caird, the strongest of the three lifeboats, to get help at the South Georgia whaling station. Shackleton was able to rescue all of those stranded at Elephant Island without loss of life. Whilst the expedition failed to achieve its main objective of crossing the Antarctic continent, it is recognised as a heroic feat of endurance and survival. www.ukaht.org
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Mark Wood is a British adventurer and explorer who, in 2011 / 2012, made an attempt to be the first person in history to ski solo to both the South and North Poles.