SHACKLETON (ERNEST HENRY) MANUSCRIPT MAP DRAWN BY SHACKLETON aboard H.M.S. Glasgow, illustrating a failed attempt to rescue the stranded crew of Endurance from Elephant Island; menu signed by Shackleton and Lt. Ruperto Elichiri Behety, [Port Stanley, Falkland Islands], June 1916; and another associated item (3).

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Lot 197
SHACKLETON (ERNEST HENRY)
Menu signed by Shackleton and Capitan de Corbeta Ruperto Elichiribehety with a sketch map of Elephant Island by Shackleton, [Port Stanley, Falkland Islands], June 1916; and another associated item.

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SHACKLETON (ERNEST HENRY)
Menu signed by Shackleton and Capitan de Corbeta Ruperto Elichiribehety, commander of Instituto de Pesca N° 1, the menu hand-written in black ink beneath printed crest and motto of the H.M.S. Glasgow, additional pencil note "Menu of dinner given by J.L. [Captain John Luce, commander of H.M.S. Glasgow] to Shackleton & the Uruguayan officer who ?assisted his rescue of crew", signed on the blank verso in pencil by Shackleton ("E.H. Shackleton") and Capitan de Corbeta Ruperto Elichiribehety ("R.L. Elichiribehety"), minor creasing at lower right corner, 134 x 84mm., [Port Stanley, Falkland Islands], June 27 1916--Sketch map of Elephant Island drawn in pencil by Shackleton whilst aboard H.M.S. Glasgow, on headed Naval Signal paper, explanatory pencil note added by Captain Luce: "Rough sketch made by Sir Ernest Shackleton to explain to me his attempt to retrieve his party on Elephant Island, South Shetlands, made on 25th June 1916 the day of his return J.L.", a few margin tears and fold marks, 280 x 200mm., [Port Stanley, Falkland Islands], 25 June 1916; and another associated item.

Footnotes

  • Following Shackleton's famous 800-mile journey in the James Caird to South Georgia, and the subsequent trek across the mountains, he was informed on reaching the Falklands that no suitable British vessel would be available to aid in the rescue of the remaining crew until October. "Then the British Minister in Montevideo telegraphed me regarding a trawler named Instituto de Pesca No. 1, belonging to the Uruguayan Government. She was a stout little vessel, and the Government had generously offered to equip her... We started south at once... [on] the third day we sighted the peaks of Elephant Island. Hope ran high; but our ancient enemy the pack was lying in wait, and within twenty miles of the island the trawler was stopped by an impenetrable barrier of ice... We made an attempt to push into the ice, but it was so heavy that the trawler was held up at once and began to grind in the small thick floes... there was no possibility of approaching [the island]... and I had to give the order to turn back. Northward we steamed again, with the engines knocking badly, and after encountering a new gale, made Port Stanley with the bunkers nearly empty and the engines almost broken down. H.M.S. Glasgow was in the port, and the British sailors gave us a hearty welcome as we steamed in" (Shackleton, South: The Endurance Expedition, Chapter 9).

    Provenance: Captain John Luce (1870–1932), Captain of H.M.S. Glasgow (1912-1919) and British commander during the Battle of Coronel (1 November 1914) and the Battle of the Falkland Islands (8 December 1914); by descent to his son Admiral Sir John David Luce (1906-1971), submarine commander and the Chief Staff Officer to the Naval Forces for the Normandy landings; sent to Shackleton's son, Edward Arthur Alexander Shackleton (1911–1994).

    Accompanying the lot is an autograph letter and envelope from Admiral Sir John David Luce ("David Luce") to Edward Shackleton ("Dear Eddie"), explaining that he has discovered the items among some old family photographs and that he thought he might like to have them ("...I think your father was living aboard the Glasgow as my father's guest. The menu is amazing as they were still dining pretty well after nearly two years of war...."), dated 20th December [1968].
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