SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
SHACKLETON'S BOAT DRAWS ADMIRATION FROM ALL WHO VISITED HER
Almost 14 years after she was first displayed there, in January 1994, the James Caird was on proud display at the Earls Court London Boat Show.
Sponsored by the Whisky Distillers Whyte and Mackay, who were incidentally one of the sponsors of Shackleton's Nimrod expedition in 1907, the Boat Show arranged with the Master, Bursar and Archivist at Dulwich College for the boat to be de-rigged and transported from South London to Earls Court, where it was expertly re-rigged by Simon Stevens, former Curator of Boats at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, who has taken responsibility for the task both at exhibitions abroad and at the recent Exhibition of Ships and the Sea at the NMM, Falmouth.
The boat show at Earls Court has only recently been reestablished, so numbers overall were not vast but satisfactory. However a large number of people came across to see the James Caird, some of them (from Ireland and America) having made a special trip to see Shackleton's Boat. Many expressed pleasure in the splendid display of historic small boats, many of them sailed across whole oceans single-handed. It was curated and overseen by June Hamilton Vice-Chairman of the Yachting Journalists' Association, who was largely responsible for collaborating with Dulwich College in making the arrangements.
Following a Press Day on Friday 30 November attended by the Society's President, the Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, who the next week gave a talk about her grandfather's work, deeds and prowess, the James Caird was on display from 1-9 December inclusive. The James Caird Society's display on Shackleton's life and voyages was appreciated by many of those who visited, as were informative boards about the Endurance and James Caird placed proximate to the boat. The splendidly restored film of Hurley's South, riddled with striking pictures of the Endurance, her remarkably resilient crew and of Antarctic views and wildlife, was shown, and copies of it and the accompanying book were sold in aid of the small boats stand.
Several members of the James Caird Society committee assisted in welcoming visitors to the stand and issuing them with leaflets about the Society and copies of the newsletter. A handsome Visitors' Book specially made by Pippa Hare attracted a large number of signatures, mainly of those especially interested in Shackleton who might perhaps be interested to join the Society.