Grytviken, South Georgia

In the Footsteps of Shackleton

Zegrahm Contributor|May 11, 2016|Video

In the Footsteps of Shackleton

Long-time Zegrahm leader, naturalist, and historian, Ingrid Nixon, is an incredible story-teller. She has traveled with us to Antarctica several times, and has regaled us with stories of early exploration. Along with historian David Wilson, watch as they share the story of Ernest Shackleton and his voyage to South Georgia.



Ingrid Nixon, Historian: To be here in a place where Shackleton spent time, and then now his bones rest, you feel a closeness to the boss, and you almost feel like you hope some of that magic that he had rubs off a little bit.

David Wilson, Historian: The significance of this spot here, is it’s where Shackleton arrived after his journey on the James Caird. They sheltered there together, crammed into this little…they call it a cave, but actually it’s more of a nook. But they sheltered in their together and slept there together for warmth.

Ingrid: To actually go into this cave, and to look up at the ceiling, and just think, ‘Shackleton was lying here, looking up at these same rocks’—this just has the power of place.

David: And it so perfectly matches his descriptions, this cove, he described it so well. And so to be standing here today is just, you know, in what I call, ‘Shackleton weather’—horizontal snow, great swells on the ocean—it’s just magic.

Ingrid: Now, Ernest Shackleton was on his fourth trip down to the Antarctic. They were out here in Grytviken Harbour; in the wee hours of the morning, he suffered a heart attack and died. “For sudden, the worst turns the best to the brave.” And, so with that, please raise your glass and let us toast to the brave, to the boss, and to Frank Wild. Salut!

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