SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
REMEMBERING A GREAT IRISHMAN AND ANTARCTIC PIONEER
the first year they walked in the footsteps of Tom Crean, landing at Cape Cove in King Haakon Bay, climbing to the Shackleton Gap, and visiting Grytviken the final resting place of Shackleton. However their ship, Polar Star, hit a rock in King Haakon Bay, was badly damaged and had to make a hasty return to Ushuaia for ship repairs. It was not till Jan-Feb 2006 that the trip was trumphantly completed, visiting the South Orkneys, Elephant Island (Cape Wild) and many splendid sites on or off the Antarctic Peninsula, including Paradise Bay, Port Lockroy, Deception Island and the Lemaire Channel. The Society's latest planned trip, to the majestic Ross Sea, in conjunction with Pat Falvey's 'Beyond Endurance', is now scheduled to go ahead in 2012. 'Ross-Revisited: Voyage to the Historic Huts of Scott and Shackleton' will thus take place exactly 100 years on from Scott's Terra Nova expedition. Further details will be announced soon. On the 2004 trip, the Society proudly presented to Grytviken Museum a superb inscribed boulder in memory of Tom Crean. This memorial stone is now displayed in the library at Grytviken.
The Tom Crean Symphony: in recent years the Society commissioned Rachel Holstead of Lispole, Co. Kerry to write a symphony in honour of Tom Crean, with funding from the Arts Council Ireland. The composer visited the Antarctic beforehand on the Society's second trip in 2005 with Marie Kennedy, proprietor of the Old Anchor guest house in Annascaul and a leading light of the Society, and other Tom Crean enthusiast, carefully taking detailed sound recordings and photographs.