Sir Ernest Shackleton

Sir Ernest Shackleton visited the Music Hall in January 1910 to give a talk and show film (Cinematograph) of Antarctica. Shackleton had visited Antarctica in 1901 on the Dundee-built ship Discovery and again in 1907-1909 when they’d set a record for the furthest south ever reached. Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII on his return home. After the race to the South Pole ended in December 1911 with Roald Amundsen’s success, Shackleton turned his attention to the crossing of Antarctica from sea to sea, via the pole. In 1914, Shackleton made his most famous voyage and third trip to Antarctic on board the ‘Endurance’ planning to cross Antarctica. Early in 1915, the Endurance became trapped in the ice. The crew escaped by camping on the sea ice until it disintegrated, then by launching the lifeboats to reach Elephant Island and ultimately the inhabited island of South Georgia, a stormy ocean voyage of 720 nautical miles and Shackleton’s most famous exploit. Shackleton went to find help and in August 1916 his men were rescued.

Courtesy Aberdeen City Library


January 1910