Atlantic Ocean
South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands
Sir Ernest Shackleton (15 February 1874 – 5 January 1922)
"Crossing South Georgia"

 

www.mountainstamp.com Endurance stamp 1972

South Georgia 1972

In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton led the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The plan was to cross the Antarctica from Vahsel Bay to the Ross Sea. But the ship "Endurance" was caught in the ice and sank at 21th November 1915. Shackleton and his 27-man crew tried to march across the pack ice towards the nearest land. Finally they took their three life-boats and reached after seven days the Elephant Island on 15th April 1916.

 

www.mountainstamp.com Elephant Island stamp 1972

South Georgia 1972

Sir Ernest Shackleton decided to attempt to reach with the small boat "James Caird" the whaling stations of South Georgia (1'500 kilometres). He launched with 5 members (Tom Crean, Timothy McCarthy, Harry McNish, John William Vincent and Frank Worsley) from Elephant Island on 24th April 1916. On 10th May they arrived at King Haakon Bay on South Georgia. The boat was not capable of making a further voyage around the coastline of South Georgia.

 

www.mountainstamp.com Shackleton's Route crossing South Georgia 1996

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 1996. "Shackleton's Route".

At 18th May Sir Ernest Shackleton started with Tom Crean and Frank Worsley from "Peggotty Camp" in the King Haakon Bay to cross the island, aiming for the inhabited station at Stromness. They marched across unnamed summits (2493 feet) in the north of the Trident Peaks (1'335 m) and arrived after 36 hours march at the Stromness station.

 

www.mountainstamp.com King Hakoon Bay 1996

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, 1996.
Frank Worsley & King Haakon Bay from Shackleton Gap.

 

www.mountainstamp.com Point of no return 1996

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, 1996.
Sir Ernest Shackleton & Ridge 2493.

 

www.mountainstamp.com Stromness Bay 1996

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, 1996.
Tom Crean & Stromness Whaling Station (Stromness Bay).

 

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South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, 2000.
Stromness Bay, "The crossing of South Georgia (1916): Shackleton, Tom Crean and Franck Worsley up the last ridge before Stromness Whaling station".

In the evening 19th May a motor-vessel was despatched to King Haakon Bay to pick up Timothy McCarthy, Harry McNish, John William Vincent and the boat "James Caird". 

At 30th August 1916 all other members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition were picked up on Elephant Island.

 

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