Following In The Footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton

As a past seafarer and avid traveller; I was filled with anticipation when I had the opportunity to discover more about the great Sir Ernest Shackleton and the ship Endurance. 100 years after the great expedition to Antarctica, 1914 – 1917; here are some moving and powerful events to take you on a voyage of discovery with the intrepid adventurer – Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Relaying the ‘James Caird’ across the ice ©NLS/RGS

Sir Ernest Shackleton: Voyage of Discovery

Shackleton: The Play

Blue Raincoat, one of Ireland’s most celebrated theatre companies, and the only full-time ensemble in the country makes a welcome return with their new play, Shackleton.

Shackleton tells the story of an episode on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s incredible Antarctic expedition, through movement, video and puppets. The production coincided with the centenary of the return from Antarctica of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition in 1916 and premiered at the Factory Performance space in Sligo on 23 March 2016.

Although there was no speech throughout, it was a captivating and powerful performance pulling you into every movement and audio, with ice creaking to the ship being pulled under the water.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 7-9 June. To book tickets click here BOOK TICKETS

Tron Theatre, Glasgow, 14-17 June. To book tickets click here BOOK TICKETS

Shackleton ©Steve Rogers

Enduring Eye: Survival Story

The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley

From now until November 2017; see the haunting photographs and read first-hand account statements about the harrowing times, through the gruelling weather conditions and ice tormented days, of this remarkable survival story at the National Libary of Scotland.

See the newly digitised images, processed from fragile 100-year-old glass plate and celluloid negatives; revealing the previously unseen detail of the crew’s struggle to survive.

Australian-born official Endurance ship photographer, Frank Hurley, captured my attention, not only with the story, but also the skill and determination that was required to work in such an inhospitable environment with heavy and technical equipment. The story is told in more than 90 photographs; taken from the negatives that were saved by Frank Hurley himself. It is remarkable that they survived at all, after being submerged in “mushy” ice inside the Endurance for a fortnight after the ship sank. From the 550 plates that were recovered; Hurley could carry only 150, and the others had to be abandoned.  They provide an incredible lasting record of the men of Endurance, and their fight to survive.

The negatives have been stored at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) for more than 80 years, and have now been digitised for the first time. They unlock the remarkable detail, which were captured originally by Hurley, including interior images of the Endurance and life on the pack ice of the Weddell Sea.

Don’t miss this remarkable account through the Enduring Eye.

‘Endurance’ frozen in the ice ©NLS/RGS

Expedition: Antarctic Cruise Ship

Today you can take your own cruise adventure In The Footsteps of Shackleton – Spirit of Shackleton. A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of going on-board G Adventures ship – Expedition.

The Expedition can accommodate up to 134 passengers, with a variety of cabins and suites to choose from. There is also a 360-degree observatory deck, gym, gift shop, Polar Bear Pub and restaurant. The ship also has a large mud room, in order to store and dry wet outer layers.

Where will your next adventure take you?

sir ernest shackleton, expedition
Expedition ©MDHarding

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the events taking place celebrating Sir Ernest Shackleton. As always, I would love to hear from you.  Please leave any comments/questions below.  Happy Travels:) x

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 Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via:

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