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Articles by James Caird

The following article is by James Caird:

About the author

James Key Caird was born on 7 January 1837 in Dundee. He became a jute manufacturer and made a substantial fortune by introducing new technology into his jute mills in Ashton and Craigie, near Dundee.
A generous benefactor and philanthropist, he helped to finance the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914 - 1917 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton), causing Shackleton to name for him the lifeboat in which he and his companions made their epic sixteen-day voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia.
He was knighted and created a baronet in 1913 and died on 9 March 1916.

Rebecca Stancombe.