Society, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 1537/2/32/1-2;D Letters (2) to Emily Shackleton, September 1914 [Accompanies a copy of Charts and Compass, the official publication, with article about the Endurance and the bible given by Queen Alexandra]

Administrative / Biographical History

The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, [Weddell Sea Party] 1914-1916 (leader Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton) set out to cross the Antarctic continent. When Endurance was beset this goal was abandoned. The ship drifted for ten months before being crushed in the pack ice of the Weddell Sea and sinking in 1915. The entire company spent five months on the ice before escaping in the three lifeboats to Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands. Two of the life boats were made into a shelter for the company while Shackleton, Thomas Crean, Frank Worlsey, Timothy McCarthy, Harold McNish and John Vincent sailed 1450Km to South Georgia in the James Caird. Arriving at South Georgia Shackleton, Crean and Worlsey made the first major trek across the island to the whaling station at Stromness. The steam tug Yelcho rescued the men on Elephant island in August 1916.



Related Material

The Institute holds over a thirty archival collections containing material relating to this expedition see SPRI collection GB 015 Imperial trans-Antarctic Expedition, [Weddell Sea Party] 1914-1916 for more information.