SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
SPIRITED OVERVIEW OF ALL RECENT THINGS SHACKLETON-RELATED (AND MORE)
The initial page ('Caird on the curriculum') draws attention to the burgeoning interest of schools in the Shackleton story and the James Caird, which an increasing number of school age pupils - from at least 12 schools - have recently visited.
In addition, the Editor points out that there are still some back copies of the JCS Journal available. Numbers One and Two (splendidly edited by Dr. Jan Piggott) are out of print - a good reason for subscribing to the Centenary Book. But a few copies of nos. 3-6 can be obtained from the present Editor, Stephen Scott-Fawcett, price £10 (members £7.50) + £3 p&p at email@example.com or Apt 6, Sutherland House, Cromer, Norfolk , NR27 0AQ, UK.
It is not always realised just how munificent a benefactor Sir James Caird (1837-1926) was - especially to his home city of Dundee. The Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship Trust (The Caird Trust) was set up by Sir James's sister, Mrs. Marryat, a year after his death, in 1917. It especially benefits young musicians, who have included some famous and emerging musical names amongst them. The phone number is 01382 and the contact email firstname.lastname@example.org
A two-page spread is thus, appropriately, devoted to an article by Sebastian Coulthard about the expedition. Especially enlightening is the detailed information he shares about the meticulously careful construction of the Alexandra Shackleton. A keel of larch, keel of strong English oak and upper deck of Scots pine provide a robust frame; the masts are of Douglas fir. Especial care was given to reproducing the right kind and size of sail. Thus, although the boat is, Seb observes, 'poorly ventilated, damp and dark', it may hopefully, at least, prove safe.
JCS Committee member David McLean furnished an entertaining but surprisingly insightful 'parody' of Shackleton, listing the 'Boss''s imagined advice to the forthcoming Shackleton Centenary Expedition. Stephen Scott-Fawcett pays an additional tribute to Captain Scott's expedition by briefly reviewing Scott's Forgotten Surgeon, a biography of Discovery expedition member Dr. Reginald Koettlitz. He praises the striking unfamiliar photographs and archive material included. (A fuller review is promised for JCS Journal No. 7.)
Also in the Republic of Ireland, The 12th annual Shackleton Autumn School will take place at Athy, Co. Kildare from Fri 26 to Mon 29 October 2012.
hut, a dinner was held - most aptly - at Channings Hotel, which embraces the house where her grandfather and grandmother, Ernest and Emily, used to live while he was Secretary to the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
Plans are afoot to sail the Sir Ernest Shackleton, Trevor Potts's boat used on his recreation of the James Caird journey in 1994, from Scotland to the Scott-Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, arriving in July, as a centrepiece to the planned exhibition to celebrate the Endurance centenary. Lectures en route are planned, and you can even volunteer as a crew member!