Polar heroes lecture at Maritime Museum

Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Lancaster Maritime Museum is hosting a special one off lecture to mark the centenary of the amazing story of Ernest Shackleton and the Antarctic explorer ship Endurance.

Entitled Scott, Shackleton and Nansen – the Age of Polar Heroes, historian Dr Max Jones from the University of Manchester will examine the heyday of polar heroes in Britain, telling the stories of these three extraordinary explorers.

The event takes place on Wednesday, August 6 at 2pm.

Tickets are free but please book a seat to avoid disappointment by telephoning the museum on 01524 382264.

The museum will also be running a special children’s trail around the museum that week for younger visitors.

August 8 2014 marks the centenary of the start of Ernest Shackleton’s dramatic and ill-fated Antarctic expedition aboard the ship Endurance. Following Amundsen’s successful voyage to be the first to the South Pole, Shackleton hoped to be the first to completely cross the Antarctic. The story of that journey is now legendary around the world. His ship, Endurance, became trapped in the ice for 10 months before sinking. Shackleton and his crew abandoned the ship and lived on the floating ice for months.

In April 1916 they set off in three small lifeboats in a last ditch attempt to save themselves and eventually reached Elephant Island.

Shackleton and five others then set sail one last time to cross over a thousand kilometres of ocean to reach South Georgia and raise help.

The crew stranded on Elephant Island were eventually rescued in August 1916. Not one member of Shackleton’s crew died.