June 1921 – the team assemble – Part 2

George Vibert Douglas (29) – Geologist. Canadian Douglas, a McGill University student who interrupted his studies to fight in the War, receiving the Military Cross, completed his BSc in 1920. He has just received his MSc, also from McGill. He

June 1921 – the team assemble – Part 1

Frank Wild (48) : Second-in-Command on the Quest, as he was on the Endurance expedition. In 1921 he is a decorated veteran of four Antarctic expeditions and trusted ally of Shackleton. He answers Shackleton’s call and returns from Nyasaland

2 June 1921

Thursday 2 June 1921

At a dinner at the Savoy Restaurant, London, the menu is signed by Ernest Shackleton, John Quiller Rowett, Frank Wild, Joseph Stenhouse, Frank Worsley, Lee Keedick, Leonard Hussey, Lewis Rickinson, Northrup McMillan, Percy Wallace and

17-31 May 1921

Friday 20 May 1921

Ernest Shackleton visits the Rowetts at Ely Place and stays the night. Lady Shackleton, already there since 12th, stays on after he leaves the next day.

John Quiller Rowett has by now agreed to fund the

1-16 May 1921

Friday 6 May 1921

Despite all Shackleton’s efforts, the Canadian government have not committed their support.  Seeking to force an outcome Shackleton cables the Prime Minister, Arthur Meighen: “Urgently awaiting your action. Please cable Government’s definite support and amount

April 1921 (ii)

Monday 18 April 1921

Shackleton returns from his latest trip to Canada, arriving at Southampton on RMS Aquitania. At this time, his home is at 14 Milnthorpe Road, Eastbourne, where Emily Shackleton is District Commissioner of the Eastbourne Girl

Early April 1921

On Saturday 2 April, Shackleton arrives in New York City on RMS Mauretania, to travel onwards to Canada, in another attempt to secure funding for the Arctic expedition.

Quest is being refitted at the JI Thornycroft yards at

1921 January – March

In January 1921,  Shackleton acquires a 4-year-old Norwegian sealer, Foca 1. The ship is especially suitable for Arctic sea conditions. It is renamed Quest at Emily Shackleton’s suggestion.  It is 125 feet long and 204 tons (gross tonnage). 

Saturday

The beginning

While teenagers at school at Dulwich College in the 1890’s, Ernest Shackleton meets John Quiller Rowett. Although not in the same year, they walk the same route to school and exchange notes on homework.

In 1911, John Rowett provides Shackleton