NEW SHACKLETON TREASURE TROVE
NEGATIVES FROM ERNEST SHACKLETON’S famous 1914 Antarctic expedi- tion turned up last year in a hut used by explorers in Cape Evans, a rocky port on Antarctica’s Scott Island. A century ago, the hut was used by members of
the Ross Sea party, who went ahead of the main team to perform scientific experiments
and lay out supply depots on the far side of the South Pole to be used by Shackleton’s
team in their attempt to cross Antarctica.
The expedition was plagued by problems on both sides of Antarctica. In the
Weddell Sea, the Endurance became stuck in the ice, necessitating a daring rescue by
Shackleton, traveling 800 miles in an open boat to the nearest whaling settlement to
get help. On the opposite side of the frozen continent, the Ross Sea party became
stranded when their ship Aurora, locked in ice, drifted out to sea. Cut off from the rest
of the expedition, three men in
the Ross Sea party died before the
rest were rescued 18 months later.
The negatives were discovered by New Zealand’s Antarctic
Heritage Trust, which is trying
to conserve the explorers’ sites
on Antarctica. The trust previously discovered three crates of
whiskey and two of brandy under
Shackleton’s 1908 base (no, it
wasn’t tasted). Though many of
the negatives were damaged, the
trust was able to pick out landmarks in the pictures. — C.L.
CONGRATULATIONS to Don Cuddahy from Weymouth, Massachusetts, who won a free Moorings 474 power cat
to use during our BoatU.S. member flotilla
in June. There’s still time for you to sign up
to join the vacation of a lifetime on deluxe
catamarans in the glorious British Virgin
Islands from June 1-7.
We’ve planned some great stops for
this voyage including Jost Van Dyke, Virgin
Gorda, Anegada, Norman Island, and more.
BoatU.S. members save up to 10 percent on
the trip, and get discounts at restaurants,
slips, and moorings throughout the islands.
To learn more, www.Moorings.com/BoatUS
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