Re-enacting of Shackleton's James Caird survival voyage sets off

Posted: Jan 24, 2013 06:40 pm EST

(Newsdesk) Shackleton's 1914-17 story remains one of the greatest feats of courage, endurance and leadership. Six men, under leadership of Tim Jarvis, have set off to re-enact the voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia.

Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Trans-Antarctic Expedition is one of the greatest survival stories in history. In honor of Shackleton’s remarkable 800 nautical mile voyage across the Southern Ocean, from Elephant Island to South Georgia and his crossing of its mountainous interior, veteran Polar explorer, Tim Jarvis and a team of 5 men has set off from Elephant Island in an attempt to become the first to authentically re-enact Shackleton’s perilous voyage.

The Shackleton Epic expedition is sailing Alexandra Shackleton, a purpose-built, exact replica of Shackleton’s 22.5-foot (6.9m) lifeboat, James Caird across the same stretch of open ocean and then the men will attempt to cross the rugged peaks of South Georgia.

They reported on their website, "The crew departed near Point Wild, Elephant Island, at 1900hrs GMT/UTC January 23th (0600hrs AEDT 24 January) in fair conditions with good visibility – the sun broke through, a rare occurrence on Elephant Island."

"The Alexandra Shackleton sailed away in a 5-10knot southerly wind with a 0.5metre swell. The crew pushed off in shallow water near the beach, but despite the good conditions, the breakers on the beach prohibited a proper landing. "Skipper, Nick Bubb, and expedition leader, Tim Jarvis, made the decision to sail as close as possible to Elephant Island and then tack around to start the journey without risking losing their vessel on the rocks at the outset."

"Skipper of the support vessel, Australis, Ben Wallis commented that there is a lot of ice around and the crew will have to be vigilant rowing and steering to avoid the 'growlers' that could damage the hull of their boat."

It is estimated it will take the crew 16 days to reach South Georgia.

The crew on the Alexandra Shackleton is: expedition leader Tim Jarvis, cameraman Ed Wardle, skipper Nick Bubb, navigator Paul Larsen, bosun Seb Coulthard, and mountaineer Barry 'Baz' Gray.
Read more about and the lifeboat crew here, and the support vessel crew here.




This expedition (and other expeditions/ adventures/ projects with RSS feeds) can be followed in the live Dispatch stream at the Pythom App for iPhone/iPad and on Android as well as at ExplorersWeb.

ExplorersWeb Expedition List

Links:

Wikipedia: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition

Wikipedia: Voyage of the James Caird

Shackleton Epic website



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James Caird crew L-R: cameraman Ed Wardle, expedition leader Tim Jarvis, skipper Nick Bubb, navigator Paul Larsen, bosun Seb Coulthard, and mountaineer Barry 'Baz' Gray.
Image by Jo Stewart/Shackleton Epic courtesy The Shackleton Epic, SOURCE
"Tim Jarvis, made the decision to sail as close as possible to Elephant Island and then tack around to start the journey without risking losing their vessel on the rocks at the outset."
Image by Si Wagen courtesy Si Wagen/Shackleton Epic, SOURCE
Route from Elephant Island to South Georgia.
courtesy Wikipedia, SOURCE

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