- MS 1537/2/30/22-27;D Letters (6) to Ernest Henry Shackleton [Referring to Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1916 and to a visit by Ernest Shackleton, includes two press cuttings about Caird, 17 June, 18 July, 28 July, 21 August, 1 September, 15 September 1914] 12 leaves
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- ReferenceGB 15 James Caird/Correspondence
- Dates of CreationJune to September 1914
- Name of Creator
- Physical Description6 letters
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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 Worsley, Timothy McCarthy, Harold McNish and John Vincent sailed 1450Km to South Georgia in the James Caird. Arriving at South Georgia Shackleton, Crean and Worsley 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.
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