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Shackleton's granddaughter opens centenary exhibition

Shackleton leads the rescue team Photo: Scott Polar Research Institute
Sir Ernest Shackleton Credit: Scott Polar Research Institute

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s granddaughter has been in Cambridge to open a new exhibition about his epic rescue mission.

One hundred years ago he and his team had set out to cross the Antarctic via the South Pole but their ship, Endurance, got stuck and sank.

Shackleton made an 800 mile voyage in a lifeboat with five other men, reaching a whaling station at South Georgia. Help was sent and the whole team was rescued.

The Endurance Credit: Scott Polar Research Institute

“This is a wonderful celebration of the centenary of mygrandfather’s best known expedition, from which he brought every man home alive.”

– Alexandra Shackleton, Granddaughter

The exhibition, at the Scott Polar Research Institute, features papers and equipment from the expedition, including the sextant used to navigate the lifeboat.