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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 02:56 AM
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Shackleton's whisky recovered
Cases of Mackinlay's whisky found intact under the hut used by the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-1909 (The SS Nimrod expedition), led by Sir Ernest Shackleton ... A team from the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust have managed to extract five cases, three of Chas Mackinlay & Co's whisky and two containing brandy made by the Hunter Valley Distillery Limited, Allandale (Australia), which were abandoned by the expedition in 1909 as encroaching sea ice forced a hasty departure ... http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2010...
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fNord Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 02:58 AM
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1. You know, It just makes you weep with joy
:toast:
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 03:09 AM
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2. Wipin th'tares fr'mine eyen sure as I'm typin
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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 12:32 PM
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3. I thought that coming home before the whisky is finished is one of those things
that British explorers DO NOT DO. Seems like it should get him expunged from the records of the Royal Geographical Society...
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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 01:52 PM
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4. He never came home.
I'm not trying to be gloomy here and the jokes are lovely, but the Shackleton story is terribly sad.
If I've got my doomed British explorers correctly identified, he and his crew sailed into the cold knowing virtually nothing about what they were getting into...even without proper clothing, among other things.
Tragic. But the whisky story is delightful.
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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 02:16 PM
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6. Shackleton got home from this expedition, although he died en route to a
later one. Perhaps you're thinking of the Franklin Expedition? Or Robert Scott? There are quite a lot of doomed expeditions to choose from, and even most of the successful ones are pretty gloomy tales...
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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 03:55 PM
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8.  Did he die when his ship froze in the ice?
Clearly I'm not that up on my British polar explorers. The image in my mind is of a British Naval ship frozen solid in ice, while its crew were doddering around in naval issue garb instead of parkas, etc. Was the ship called The Endeavor? (I'll look it up myself, of course, but please let me know if I'm on the right track.)
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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 03:57 PM
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9. Oops. I just read the post further down the thread.
It was the ENDURANCE. And wow am I confused. I swear I read that book! Now I will do some serious research.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 01:56 PM
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5. sad that a lot of people probably have no idea who Shackleton is...
Edited on Sat Feb-06-10 01:57 PM by tigereye


OTOH I bought my son a great book called Shackleton's Stowaway and he never read it. Boo.
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Phoebe Loosinhouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 02:27 PM
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7. I think Shackleton is the greatest adventure/explorer/rescue story EVER
I read a Caroline Alexander's great non-fiction book about the Endurance.

I always try to imagine the guys left behind when they see Shackleford's rescue ship coming over the horizon WITH HIM ON IT!


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david13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 07:15 PM
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15. Yes, I think it was about 1 year or more, so I do imagine that they
were happy/heartened/tearful?/joyous when he reappeared. But remember, these were Brits. They tend to be a bit stoic. And, at least a few of them did say they never had any doubt that he would be back.
dc
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cleveramerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 04:00 PM
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10. I love this story
Its sounds so strange 100 years later to hear
They brought several cases of whiskey with them on their expedition
I would assume they must have TAKEN A FEW CASES WITH THEM
When they were forced to leave these few behind.

What a great story.
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Mike_03 Donating Member (104 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 05:12 PM
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11. My God, this is remarkable. Ernest Shakleton is one of my heroes, I actually wrote a screenplay
about him in the 80s that was optioned by one of the majors.

Phenomenal news.

Thanks for sharing this. Shacketon was absolutely an incredible human being. What a bizarre story, what a fascinating, but sadly short, life.

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Mike_03 Donating Member (104 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 05:14 PM
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12. I must add, I am a Shackleton fan but not a whiskey expert.
Can whiskey survive that long in some drinkable form?

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david13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 06:07 PM
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13. If I remember my last Shakelton book, he went to great lenghts to get back
and save his men, going for help thru' the icy sea in an extremely small boat, with no provisions, landing on a island, then having to cross the island in a blizzard to get to the station on the other side.
I was many months, maybe more than 12 before he got back with rescue for the remainder of his crew.
But he did it.
I think all British know who he was and what he did. It was common teaching in their schools.
But the truth may be that he was just foolish & reckless.
Ahmundsen was well known for accomplishing easily what Americans and Brits couldn't do, simply because he knew, being a true northerner, how to operate and travel with a dogs sled.
dc
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Mendocino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 06:32 PM
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14. Polar Exploration- ask me anything
I'll do my best to provide answers.
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