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TAPESTRIES AND CERAMICS CELEBRATE FIVE OF SHACKLETON'S BRAVE MEN FROM HULL
Five men on the Endurance Expedition had local connections, and are commemorated by the 'The Yorkshire Ones in Antarctica' Exhibition (see adjoining story below).
Alf was born in Liverpool but his family moved to Hull around 1877. He ran away to sea serving on sailing ships. He was an Antarctic veteran and had served under Captain William Colbeck, a Hull man, on the relief ship 'Morning' to rescue Scott when 'Discovery' was stuck in the ice in 1903/4. He had also been with Scott in 1912.
Alf was one of the 22 men who stayed in the upturned boats on Elephant Island.
After his return from Antarctica he was drowned when his ship was torpedoed in World War 1. He had 13 children and has lots of descendants.
Ernest lived on Alma Street and Flinton Street, and is best known for the incident when the ice cracked beneath his tent and he was rescued from the water by Shackleton - but complained about losing his tobacco.
He was washed overboard from the trawler Lord Lonsdale off the Faroe Islands in 1924 and his name is in the Memorial Book in the Maritime Museum.
Bill Stephenson was born in Sculcoates, a northern suburb of Hull, and served on trawlers sailing out of Bridlington, Hull and Grimsby.
We don't know much about his life or about his time on Endurance. He was 3rd Engineer and stoker and was one of the Elephant Island contingent. (We would like to find out more.)
Vincent was born in Birmingham and ran away to sea aged 14, making many trips in Hull Trawlers. He was physically strong and was taken by Shackleton on the 800 mile boat journey to South Georgia.
In World War I he survived being torpedoed in the Mediterranean and became a trawler skipper fishing off Bear Island (Bjørnøya, the southernmost island of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago), and Spitzbergen. He also skippered an armed trawler, Alfredian, operating in the North Sea and off the East Coast.
Photographs show him with a damaged lip caused when it was frozen to a metal cup. He never mentioned Shackleton on his return, unlike Charles Green.
Green, 'the Antarctic Chef,' spent much of his later life reliving his time on the Endurance expedition and loving every moment of it. He gave radio interviews and many lectures using a set of lantern slides given to him by Shackleton. In our exhibition we have a slide show with music which includes some of the lantern slides that Charles included in his lectures.
'Charlie' had a great sense of humour, and on board ship he was well known for his joke birthday cakes. One was a balloon covered in jam and then rolled in desiccated coconut which of course exploded when the knife cut into it.
A new book about Charles Green's life by Arthur Credland published by the East Yorkshire Family History Society is available; and a comprehensive study of his life by his nephew Roy Cochram can be read at Hull History Centre.
If you remember Charles Green giving a talk at your school or have any information about the other men please post your memories. We would love to hear them.
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