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,

22-31 August, 1921

Monday 22 August, 1921

Because of the enormous public and media curiosity, Quest moves from Hay’s Wharf to St Katharine Docks, where she can be more easily and safely viewed by the public.  The Evening News reports a policeman on

17-21 August, 1921

Wednesday 17 August, 1921

The selection panel takes place at Scout Head Quarters at 25 Buckingham Palace Road, London,

Shackleton is assisted in the selection process by Major Wade, Organising Secretary of the Scout Association, and Sir Percy Everett. 


9-16 August, 1921

Saturday 13 August 1921

At Southampton, a lunch is held on board RMS Aquitania, attended by, amongst others, Shackleton, John Rowett, Wild, Jeffrey, Kerr, Macklin, Rickinson, Eriksen and Captain W Bridgland, the Channel Pilot. The Daily Mail (15 August)