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Shackleton 100

Shackleton 100

"On January 1, 1914, having received a promised financial support sufficient to warrant the announcement of the Expedition, I made it public.

The first result of this was a flood of applications from all classes of the community to join the adventure. I received nearly five thousand applications, and out of these were picked fifty-six men."

[Sir Ernest Shackleton, Preface to South (London: Heinemann, 1919)]

The first two decades of the 20th century saw a number of pioneering expeditions to the last unexplored continent on Earth – Antarctica.

8th August 2014 marks the start of the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, also known as the Endurance Expedition. On this day 100 hundred years ago, Endurance set sail from Plymouth.

The Shackleton 100 site brings together in one place information on events taking place across the world to commemorate the 1914-17 Antarctic expeditions.

Lieutenant Colonel Henry Worsley MBE (1960-2016)

Henry Worsley had hoped to cross Antarctica: completing Shackleton's great endeavour and raising funds to support The Endeavour Fund, to assist wounded soldiers in their rehabilitation. He succeeded in his goal of supporting the Fund but a mere thirty miles from completing his journey he had to be evacuated due to his failing health and sadly died despite expert medical care in Punta Arenas, Chile. Respected and admired, his death is a deep loss to his family, friends, colleagues and the polar community.

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