James Caird

James Caird

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  • October 1915, pack ice in the Weddell Sea had sunk the main expedition ship endurance
  • when the floe on which they were camped broke up, then made their way in the ship's lifeboats to Elephant Island. 
  • Let's go to Elephant island
  • Let's sail one of the lifeboats to South Georgia, not the closest human settlement but the only one not requiring sailing into the prevailing westerlies.
  •  was deemed the strongest and most likely to survive the journey.James Caird Of the three lifeboats, the 
  • We need a way to get put of here, it's getting really cold
  • After surviving a series of dangers, including a near capsizing, the boat reached the southern coast of South Georgia after a 17-day voyage. Shackleton
  • Here they organised the relief of three men left on the south side of the island and of the Elephant Island party.
  • After the First World War, in 1919, the James Caird was moved from South Georgia to England. It has been on regular display at Shackleton's old school, Dulwich College, since 1922.
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