Lot 235
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Lot Details
Menu signed by Shackleton and his companions after their rescue from Elephant Island by the Chilean Navy in 1916, the menu printed in grey and red with the Union Jack and Chilean flag and addressed to Commander V.E. Speranza RNR, signed on the blank verso in pencil by Shackleton ("EHShackleton"), Frank Wild, second in command, Frank Worsley, captain, Frank Hurley, photographer, Tom Crean, second officer, Louis Rickinson, engineer, Leonard Hussey, meteorologist, Alfred Kerr, engineer, Lionel Greenstreet, George Marston, artist, Alexander Macklin, surgeon, Robert Clark, biologist, and V.E. Speranaza, on card, minor creasing, 165 x 115 mm., Viña del Mar, Chile, 30 September 1916


  • SHACKLETON CELEBRATES HIS EXPEDITION'S RESCUE FROM ELEPHANT ISLAND. That April Shackleton had been forced to abandon his party on Elephant Island while, with five companions, he made the epic 800-mile voyage across the stormy Southern Ocean in the twenty-two foot James Caird to South Georgia, followed by a further trek across the island's uncharted mountains, with Frank Worsley and Tom Cean (who have also signed this menu). Assisted by the British Naval Attaché for Chile, Commander V.E. Speranza, they secured the services of Chilean naval tug Yelcho and had the marooned party taken off Elephant Island on 30 August. Accompanying this menu is a typed letter written in 1936 by Speranza to the Clerk of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, explaining the circumstances of the rescue and the part he played in it ("...The card at my request was after lunch signed by the Shackleton party, and it may now be considered a historical record of past events..."); together with a contemporary account of the lunch from The South Pacific Mail.