SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
ALAN WORDIE DESCRIBES IT IN HIS OWN WORDS
Alan talks about his visits to The Falkland Isles, South Georgia and Elephant Island, and comments: 'The stormy arrivals at Elephant Island and Peggotty Beach were the two highlights of my trip. There was a wonderful contrast at times when the natural ice sculptures refracted and provide enchanting blue colours. Antarctica itself is a continent to marvel at; and we should not forget the place of the tiny krill in the large mammal food chain. It stopped me in my tracks!
'Now having made this trip I can fully respect Shackleton, his crew and especially my own flesh and blood, Sir James Wordie – a great man.'
James Wordie went on to make further Polar travels for the purpose of research. Capping a distinguished academic career he was latterly elected Master of St. John's College, Cambridge and became President of the Royal Geographical Society.
James Wordie's life and travels in both the Antarctic and Arctic are retold in Michael Smith's book Polar Crusader, which is published by Birlinn Books, www.birlinn.co.uk