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Punta Arenas opens “Shackleton, 100 years” exhibition to honor the great explorer and Piloto Pardo

Friday, July 8th 2016 - 06:18 UTC
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Sir Ernest Shackleton organized the rescue expedition from Punta Arenas with help from the Chilean navy Sir Ernest Shackleton organized the rescue expedition from Punta Arenas with help from the Chilean navy
Pilot Luis Pardo who was the skipper of the scout ship Yelcho and challenged Antarctica's ice to rescue Shackleton's crew  Pilot Luis Pardo who was the skipper of the scout ship Yelcho and challenged Antarctica's ice to rescue Shackleton's crew
The fragile looking Yelcho gallantly displayed following her feat The fragile looking Yelcho gallantly displayed following her feat
The Honorable Alexandra Shackleton who flew to Punta Arenas for the opening of the exhibition The Honorable Alexandra Shackleton who flew to Punta Arenas for the opening of the exhibition

Alexandra Shackleton is in Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile to open an exhibition dedicated to her grandfather, the great British Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who became world famous for his resilience, courage and determination in rescuing his stranded crew from the frozen continent, and in which the Chilean navy played a crucial role.

 “Shackleton, 100 years” is the name of the exhibition at the Casino Dreams Hotel with a display of historic documents, artifacts, pieces all connected to the great explorer's presence in Punta Arenas searching for help to rescue his crew after his vessel was trapped by Antarctic ice, close to Elephant Island.

Ms Shackleton is president of the James Caird Society dedicated to Sir Ernest and flew to the south of Chile to attend the opening of the exhibition and to pay tribute to the Chilean navy and the Chilean pilot Luis Pardo, who helped with the successful rescue as skipper of the scout ship Yelcho .

“It is wonderful to be in Punta Arenas; this is the third time and it is particularly great to be here for the inauguration of the exhibition. I've travelled 8.000 miles, for one day, but I had to be present”, Alexandra told Punta Arena's La Prensa Rural.

The distinguished visitor said this has been the busiest year of her life because of all her grandfather's centenary events' commemorations around the world, but “we must not forget that had it not been for the Chilean Navy and pilot Luis Pardo history could have been quite different. Did you know that Pardo sailed in a metal-hull vessel, he should not have done that, it should it have been wood, but nevertheless he took the risk because he wanted to save those stranded lives. Do you know what he told his father before sailing, Father I'll be back with all those men, otherwise I won't come back”.

Alexandra added that Punta Arenas is the fourth exhibition opened so far this year, following on those in the United States, Norway and Ireland. “Every year there's some celebration because Shackleton has become an international icon who with his discoveries has become an inspiration of leadership and grit; many expeditions appeal to Shackleton as the patron of their trips, asking for a good voyage”.

Nevertheless, “this exhibition reaches my heart, it's marvelous, it's a beautiful piece of human history. Really something notable. Yes I have been to Antarctica five times, and visited some of the places where my grandfather was and experienced something special”.

Finally the greatest legacy of Sir Ernest looking back a hundred years was “his leadership capacity; a very modern attitude towards human relations, checking closely on his men's strengths and weaknesses, to ensure they work jointly, as a team. If he expected loyalty from them, he should also lead in showing that loyalty towards them, and among them, so that the expedition is really a functional, effective team, which proved right a hundred years ago in such challenging circumstances and conditions”, concluded Alexandra Shackleton.

 

Categories: Antarctica, International, Chile.

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  • The Voice

    I enjoyed all my visits to Punta Arenas. So much to see in the museums. So much that connects Britain and Chile. Thrilling to see a replica of Shackletons small craft alongside Magellans tiny ship. And the open air museum with the many examples of British produced machinery. And of course the original map clearly showing our Falkland Islands.
    A very pleasant small city with great cafes restaurants and parks and nearby stunning wildlife and vistas. Modern hospital with a CT scanner too. Go if you get the chance.

    Jul 08th, 2016 - 09:54 am 0
  • Marti Llazo

    @1 - If you have not already done so, the small maritime museum on Pedro Montt in Punta Arenas is worth a visit. A few blocks away is the Chilean Antarctic Institute and there you can usually pick up some nice (and free) publications that cover the results of the research and study work that they sponsor in Antarctica and southern Patagonia. They also offer a free guidebook that points you to locations of interest related to Shackleton's time in Punta Arenas. For a decent, quick fish lunch, the second floor of the municipal fish market. Over in the Zona Franca, don't be surprised if you run into a Falkland Islander or two, stocking up on tools, tyres, or other items under the low-tax regimen there, for transport to the islands. The Argentines from Tierra del Fuego also come to Punta Arenas for shopping for certain items that just don't seem to be available in Argentina, such as parts for Toyota models that are actually assembled in Argentina.

    The writer of the article, however, needs some help. “ ....the scout ship Yelcho....” is an error. The Yelcho was a combination cutter and tugboat. It was built in Scotland. The UK provided the majority of the technology that made development possible in the southern regions of both Chile and Argentina. Even the sheep that made that made those economies possible came from the Falklands and elsewhere around the Commonwealth.

    Jul 09th, 2016 - 03:33 am 0
  • The Voice

    Marti, La Luna is worth a visit (apart from a few Malvinista scribles). Is that table for folk like Nostrils who see the world from a different point of view?

    Jul 09th, 2016 - 02:16 pm 0
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