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SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON

Scrimshaw on mammoth ivory
on cocabola wood, ivory, and abalone mount.
5.5"W x 6"H x 2"D

Private Collection

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Born in Ireland in 1874, Sir Ernest Shackleton became one of the great explorers of his day. He was a member of Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic expedition of 1901-04. In 1907-09 he commanded an expedition that located the magnetic pole, climbed Mount Erebus, and came within a hundred miles of the South Pole (first reached by Amundsen in 1911). 

In August 1914, twenty-eight men aboard the ship Endurance, commanded by Shackleton, began what was to be the "last of the great explorations" – the crossing of the vast Antarctic land mass. It turned into one of the most remarkable survival stories ever recorded. 

In his book South, Shackleton eloquently describes this fabled two-year odyssey in one of the most inhospitable regions on earth – the devastating crushing of the Endurance in a sea of ice, the crew’s impossible journey over the barren, frozen wasteland of the Antarctic, their navigation across nearly a thousand miles of tumultuous seas in an open boat, and their ever-constant struggles against unimaginable cold, hunger, hardship, and despair as they struggled toward rescue. 

Shackleton’s account is a lasting testament to his leadership and courage, as well as a moving statement about the human will to survive. Sir Ernest Shackleton passed away on board the Quest, on his fourth expedition to the Antarctic, in 1922.

The engraved text on the reverse reads:
"For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen;
but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton."  -Sir Edmund Hillary

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