SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
THE NEW JOURNAL IS NOW READY
Stephen Scott-Fawcett, the editor of the James Caird Society Journal, is delighted to announce the publication of issue no. 5.
It is, like previous volumes, a very handsomely produced and well-edited item. The Journal (see also the fuller review at Publications > Journal) is designed to complement with in-depth articles the news element to be found in the James Caird Society Newsletter. (For a more detailed review/overview of Journal no.5, please see the 'Publications' section of the website under 'Journal'.)
Stephen Haddelsey, author of lives of Frank Bickerton and J.R.Stenhouse, describes the process of researching and writing about some of the significant but less well-known figures in Antarctic exploration.
Robert Stephenson has produced a fascinating and well-researched article, Shackleton in Boston, covering in detail Shackleton's American lecture tour in 1910 following the Nimrod expedition.
Michael Smith writes about the activities of the masters of the Erebus and Terror on the pioneering Ross-Crozier expedition of 1839-43.
For fascinating detail about the movement and composition of polar ice J.M.Wordie's own report, published in 1920 and focusing on Wordie's careful and astute observations on the Endurance could scarcely be bettered. Wordie's dissertation on the natural history of the pack ice is reproduced here.
We owe it to Shane Murphy that a splendid CD-ROM, Shackleton's Photographer, has been produced. The CD also included Frank Worsley's verbatim diary. Shane is an expert on Hurley's photos; in this volume he shares his knowledge so as to highlight sundry diary and other references to illustrate Hurley's work, and lists various internet sites of special interest.
Michael Gilkes, a founder member of both the JCS and the Friends of the SPRI, was Station Medical Officer at Leith Harbour and ship's surgeon on Southern Harvester just after the war. He is especially well qualified to contribute his arresting personal thoughts and 'loose ends' on that part of the world so closely connected with Shackleton. It is fitting that Sir Ernest's final resting place and home is commemorated in Volume 5.
Five books are reviewed here: Ice Captain (The Life of J.R.Stenhouse) by Stephen Haddelsey; The Shackleton Letters by Regina Daly (with an additional commentary by the author); The Entire Earth and Sky by Lesley Carol Roberts; David Tatham's magnificently produced Dictionary of Falklands Biography; and Robert Headland's extensive _A Chronology of Antarctic Exploration, encompassing Bob's vast knowledge of the southern seas and continent.
Very full letters to the editor include Ken Hill on Walter How, Olaf Swarbrick on two earlier voyages to the Antarctic and a robust defence by Julian Bickersteth and Nigel Watson of the preservation work of the AHT (NZ) on Shackleton's hut at Cape Royds.
All in all, the volume is a very handsome and rewarding addition to Shackletoniana and splendidly fulfils the aims and aspirations of the Society.
Material for the next issue of the JCS Journal can be submitted on paper to: Stephen Scott-Fawcett, Apartment 6, Sutherland House, Overstrand Road, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 OAQ, UK, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a more detailed review of Journal no.5, see the Publications section of the website under 'Journal'.