12-19 October, 1921 – Madeira

Wednesday 12 October, 1921

Not long after leaving Lisbon, the knocking of the engines begins again. More bad weather. Almost everyone is suffering from seasickness.

Thursday 13 October, 1921

Still rough seas and Quest rolls so much that it is

8-11 October, 1921

Saturday 8 October, 1921

J C Bee Mason, in place of Sir Ernest Shackleton, gives a lecture describing the expedition to the Portuguese Boy Scouts Association.

In the evening a dinner is given in honour of Sir Ernest Shackleton by

1-7 October, 1921

Saturday 1 October, 1921

With a gale getting up, Quest lays up with the engines stopped, but they are soon restarted to better ride the storm. Lysaght writes in his diary: “The seas were now mountainous and the biggest I

25-30 September 1921

Sunday 25 September, 1921

1.00 am: RMS Aquitania transmits to shore “Exploration ship Quest just astern of Aquitania.” Shackleton wirelesses from Quest “All Well”

8.00 am: A telegram from Ernest Shackleton is transmitted from Quest to John

Plymouth, 24 September, 1921

Saturday 24 September, 1921

As well as Gerald Lysaght joining as temporary helmsman as planned, Tom McLeod persuades Shackleton to let him remain with the expedition. The final addition to the Quest’s crew is Query, an Alsatian puppy that has

Plymouth, 23 September, 1921

Friday 23 September, 1921

Quest arrives at Plymouth and slowly crosses the Sound, pausing at Drake Island. She eventually ties up at the West Wharf of the Great Western Millbay Docks.

3.00 pm: Shackleton and John Rowett arrive at

18-21 September, 1921 – Gravesend to Sheerness

Sunday 18 September, 1921

Off Gravesend during the night of 17/18 September, Quest drags her anchor and collides with a nearby Thames barge. Little damage is caused but it is decided to put in at the dockyard at Sheerness for

Saturday 17 September, 1921

Saturday 17 September, 1921 – the day of departure

On the Quest, at St Katharine Docks, the Union Jack presented by The King and Queen is hoisted by Scouts Marr and Mooney, watched by John Quiller Rowett. At 12.30

10-16 September, 1921

Saturday 10 September, 1921

Donald Maxwell, artist, author and yachting correspondent writes in The Graphic “The organisers of the Shackleton-Rowett Expedition are to be congratulated on their splendid spirit and enterprise. ……..to misquote from an old and popular song….They’ve got

1-9 September, 1921

(Contrary to certain legend) Quest is well equipped with a wide range of the latest scientific equipment – particularly for meteorology, topographical and hydrographical surveying, biological specimen collection and geology. This in addition to modern navigational equipment and sounding gear,