Tuesday, February 5th 2013 - 01:10 UTC

A repeat of Shackleton’s epic Southern Ocean crossing reaches South Georgia

An expedition replicating Ernest Shackleton's 1916 perilous crossing of the Southern Ocean from Antarctica in a small boat has made landfall after a 12-day journey. Led by renowned adventurer Tim Jarvis, the team of six reached Peggotty Bluff on rugged South Georgia, where they landed their vessel in the same place Shackleton and his men beached the James Caird nearly 100 years ago.

The team lands in South Georgia - leg one of their expedition to Antarctica

The next leg will see three of the British-Australian team tackle a two-day climb to 900m over the mountainous, crevassed interior of South Georgia.

That will take them to the old whaling station at Stromness on the other side of the island, where Shackleton and his men, with little more than the clothes on their backs, raised the alarm about the sinking of their ship, the Endurance.

Mr Jarvis said the boat trip, using only the equipment, navigational instruments and food available to Shackleton, was extremely tough, describing it as “truly about endurance - mental as much as physical”.

“There was just no way to keep dry. The waterproofing with wax didn't work,” he said.

“Below deck, the boat was constantly damp and being on watch meant that you were directly exposed to the elements. On a few occasions a big wave washed over the deck and down the hatch soaking everything down below.”

Along with Norway's Ronald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole in 1911, Australian explorer Douglas Mawson and Briton Robert Falcon Scott, Shackleton was among the great Antarctic explorers.

When he set off on his third trip to the region in 1914 with the Endurance, he planned to cross Antarctica via the South Pole. But the vessel became trapped in 1915, and sank 10 months later as it was crushed by the advancing ice. Shackleton and his crew lived on the floating ice until April 1916, when they set off in three small boats for Elephant Island.

From there, Shackleton and a crew of five made the treacherous voyage to South Georgia, reaching their destination 16 days later to face the mountainous trek. All members of the Endurance mission were eventually rescued with no fatalities.

It was his granddaughter Alexandra who approached Mr Jarvis, who in 2007 re-enacted Mawson's 1912 odyssey across the frozen continent, about recreating their ordeal.

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1 José Malvinero (#) Feb 05th, 2013 - 01:32 am Report abuse
Return the Georgias, thieves!. The Georgia are Argentine!
2 Anglotino (#) Feb 05th, 2013 - 01:43 am Report abuse
Not even the UN believes that lie!
3 Martin Woodhead (#) Feb 05th, 2013 - 07:30 am Report abuse
Come and take them oh wait one warship is in hock another has no spares and the other one capsized.

Mr Jarvis loads of respect but you and your team are. Nutters Shackletons achievement was truly amazing sail across the southern Ocean land on the wrong side of south georgia climb mountains and cross glaciers and saved his entire crew.
Either of those would be epic achievement to do both amazing.
4 ernest shackleton (#) Feb 05th, 2013 - 09:11 am Report abuse
@ Jose Malvinero - what is the basis for your childish claim? Neither Spain nor Argentina ever had anything to do with S.Georgia and its dependencies. They didn't discover it, they didn't name it, they didn't explore it, they didn't administer it, and they never even thought of claiming it until just before WW2. Since they lie east of the Treaty of Tordessilas line then they belonged in the Portuguese sphere of influence, but Portugal didn't claim it either.
5 CaptainSilver (#) Feb 05th, 2013 - 10:33 am Report abuse
South Georgia is the most gorgeous island, I love it and can't wait to go back one day. South Georgias wildlife is fantastic. I am so glad that it is looked after by Britain. We can rest easy that it won't be spoilt. If you see the terrible imported beaver damage in southern Argentina you will know why! What Shackleton and his men did was amazing, an inspiration to explorers everywhere.
6 Clyde15 (#) Feb 05th, 2013 - 10:36 am Report abuse
To paraphrase Jose carioca. Thieves pirats, Chile belongs to Argentina, and Uruguay, Paraguay, the whole of the S. Atlantic and everything else that we want. Argentina es mejor jajajajajajajaja.
I think that roughly encapsulates his warped mindset.
7 Conqueror (#) Feb 05th, 2013 - 12:06 pm Report abuse
ALL argies are liars. NO argie has EVER told the truth about ANYTHING!
8 José Malvinero (#) Feb 05th, 2013 - 08:22 pm Report abuse
Conqueror Shut up!, you're Malvinense, NOT Georgian.
9 Britworker (#) Feb 05th, 2013 - 10:22 pm Report abuse
Had to do a double take when I saw the picture, I thought the Argentine navy was on manouvers again.
10 Our man in Havana (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 06:14 pm Report abuse
One of elle presedente claims for the Falklands was that they were on the same tectonic plate as Argentina!!!! South Georgia is not on the same plate therefore using her own logic argentina has no claim.

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