Antarctic Trip Part-3

Next day was Sunday it was  at sea day, on rout to Elephant Island.

We had the Bio Security Check, the German team were obligated to inspect all the material we were going ashore with, it should be free of organic material. They were very conciense about respecting the natural ambient, i really like that way.

Here we were with some of the scientists; Dr. Klemens Pütz, Prof. Dr. Wilfried Korth, Dr. Ulrich Dornsiepen and Prof.Dr.Oliver Krüger.

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Also we were having some tips and secrets 😉 for better photography with Dietmar Baum Photographer,  time to have a meeting with the Hasselblad cameras!! yay!!!!

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Also we had a lecture about Sir Ernest Shackleton by the anthropologist Dr. Gurdun Bucher.

 

Ernest Henry Shackleton was born on 15 February 1874 in County Kildare, Ireland. His father was a doctor. The family moved to London where Shackleton was educated.

In 1901, Shackleton was chosen to go on the Antarctic expedition led by British naval officer Robert Falcon Scott on the ship ‘Discovery’. With Scott and one other, Shackleton trekked towards the South Pole in extremely difficult conditions, getting closer to the Pole than anyone had come before. Shackleton became seriously ill and had to return home but had gained valuable experience.

Back in Britain, Shackleton spent some time as a journalist and was then elected secretary of the Scottish Royal Geographical Society. In 1906, he unsuccessfully stood for parliament in Dundee. In 1908, he returned to the Antarctic as the leader of his own expedition, on the ship ‘Nimrod’. During the expedition, his team climbed Mount Erebus, made many important scientific discoveries and set a record by coming even closer to the South Pole than before. He was knighted on his return to Britain.

In 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole, followed by Scott who died on the return journey. In 1914, Shackleton made his third trip to the Antarctic with the ship ‘Endurance’, planning to cross Antarctica via the South Pole. Early in 1915, ‘Endurance’ became trapped in the ice, and ten months later sank. Shackleton’s crew had already abandoned the ship to live on the floating ice. In April 1916, they set off in three small boats, eventually reaching Elephant Island. Taking five crew members, Shackleton went to find help. In a small boat, the six men spent 16 days crossing 1,300 km of ocean to reach South Georgia and then trekked across the island to a whaling station. The remaining men from the ‘Endurance’ were rescued in August 1916. Not one member of the expedition died. ‘South’, Shackleton’s account of the ‘Endurance’ expedition, was published in 1919.

Shackleton’s fourth expedition aimed to circumnavigate the Antarctic continent but on 5 January 1922, Shackleton died of a heart attack off South Georgia. He was buried on the island.

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As second-in-command of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, Wild was left in charge of 21 men on desolate Elephant Island as Shackleton and a crew of 5 made their epic rescue mission to South Georgia aboard a lifeboat. From 24 April to 30 August 1916 Wild and his crew waited on Elephant Island, surviving on a diet of seal, penguin and seaweed. They were finally rescued by Shackleton aboard the Chilean ship Yelcho. Point Wild on Elephant Island is named after Frank Wild, with a monument dedicated to the Chilean captain Luis Pardo who rescued him and his men.

 

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Scott, the Photographer form the expedition…

 

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Pics from Gallery Shackleton’s expedition.

 

They were using the penguins  for eat and  the oil for make fire  and cook, and also to play Rugby in some how …sorry but when you are in that situation in all year winter, I don’t know what you would going to do staying with only penguins and Seals….and snosw and ice…..:-(.

I posted those pics because I love the wool jerseys they were wearing on the expedition….as a fashioned eye…amazing!!! but unfortunately true.

Arriving to Elephant Island; It can be attributed to both head-like appearance and the sighting of elephant seals by Capitan George Powell in 1821.The Endurance Glacier is the main discharge glacier on the island.

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About 6:00-7:00, The Zodiacs are waiting for us!!!

Point Wild, named after the expedition’s second in command.

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Here is where the part of 22 men settled in to a winter under the two remaining lifeboats. While Shackleton and five others sailed of into James Caird, seeking help on South Georgia.  It is not an easy and hospitable site as you see.

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This is the bronze  bust standing on the little and uncomfortable beach of Point Wild. Is not of Shackleton, but of the Capitan Luis Prado of the Chilean vessel Yelcho, on which Shackleton was  finally successful in rescuing his stranded crew.

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In that expedition everybody survived after an inner winter in Antarctic.

 

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Here you have a Chinstrap Penguin also known as a Ringed or Bearded penguin.

 

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Leaving this site of the island by Ms Bremen  one of the safest boats to cross the antarctic with.

 

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Cape Lookout also known as a Cabo Fossetti or Cabo Vigia, is a steep cape, 240, high, marking the southern extremity of Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. The name Cape Lookout is because of 1822 by Capitan Geroge Powell from a Britith sealer. The planed landing site is very small and the animals live very closely together.

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Seals from the Antarctic.

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Photos by Dona GB.

It will continue….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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