Friday, January 30, 2009

It's never too late

"Be pleased to inform The Princess Royal, our Expedition Patron, that the Matrix Shackleton Centenary Expedition has successfully reached the South Pole. The Ice Team, consisting of Henry Worsley, Will Gow and Henry Adams arrived yesterday at 0330 hrs GMT [Greenwich Mean Time], and the 97 Mile Team comprising David Cornell, Tim Fright, Andy Ledger, Richard Gray and Matty McNair arrived at the Pole at 2200 hrs GMT tonight.

"After 100 years, five descendants of Shackleton's Nimrod expedition have stood at the Pole and, in so doing, completed 'unfinished family business'. God Save The Queen."

One hundred years later, following the same route as Shackleton's failed 1908/09 Nimrod Expedition, a team led by Lt Col Henry Worsley and five descendants of the original expedition completed the journey to the South Pole.

In the grandest of British tradition. Well done.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good on you guys! Great achivement. it is nice to see a good news item for a change.

3:40 a.m., January 30, 2009  
Blogger Algy said...

I was stationed on South Georgia for 6 months in '87-'88 as a Rifleman with Recce Plt 3RGJ, and had the opportunity to visit Shackleton's grave at Grytviken whaling station (King Edward Point) numerous times.
Anyone who could traverse the mountains on South Georgia after navigating the South Atlantic in a small craft was indeed a remarkable man.
Henry Worsley was a young officer with the Bn in either Mortars or Antitanks when I was in Recce, I'm very proud to see that Riflemen are still "Swift and Bold".
An Argentinian sailor named Felix Artuso is buried next to Shackleton, it's worth googling the name for an interesting (if unfortunate)vignette of the Falklands War.

11:53 a.m., January 30, 2009  

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