Tag: Ernest Shackleton

Shackleton’s Scotch: Coming to an Auction House Near You?

Two cases of the explorer’s drink of choice have been discovered under a hut at Cape Royds, apparently left behind after a failed 1909 polar expedition. The question now, of course: What will happen to the excavated bottles? If they do go to auction, maybe the lucky buyer will want to BYOB on Shackleton’s ship-turned-restaurant.

Eating Penguin with Ernest Shackleton in Scotland

Eating Penguin with Ernest Shackleton in Scotland Photo by DanieVDM via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Photo by DanieVDM via Flickr (Creative Commons)

In March 1901, the RRS Discovery set sail from Dundee, Scotland, its crew pointing it toward largely unexplored Antarctica. The ship was a wooden three-masted sailing vessel and, as it turned out, the last of its kind to be made in Britain.

But that’s not exactly what makes the RRS Discovery significant. Ten months later, the crew members definitively found what they were looking for. In fact, the ship was stuck, frozen in ice, leaving captains Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott with no choice but to wait it out until the spring when the ice would thaw. The next few months were harrowing ones, the crew eventually having to munch on seal liver and roasted penguin (described as tasting like “leather steeped in turpentine”).

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Eat Like Shackleton in London

A restaurant in London is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Nimrod Expedition, Ernest Shackleton’s first effort to reach the South Pole, with a 6000-calorie meal fit for an Antarctic explorer. Here’s what’s on the menu:

Susan Fox Rogers: Antarctica for ‘Dreamers and Readers’

ice shelf Photo of Ross Ice Shelf via Flickr courtesy of the National Science Foundation.

Days after the ice claimed a cruise ship, Jim Benning asks the editor of a new Travelers' Tales story collection about the magnetic pull of the end of the earth

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‘The Ice Cave’: Journeys Into the Wild

Lucy Jane Bledsoe experienced wilderness from the Mojave to the Antarctic. Emily Stone calls her resulting essay collection layered, literary and unflinchingly honest about the solitude of travel.

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