Rare Autograph note Signed by Twelve Members of the Quest Expedition including Shackleton, Wild, Macklin, Hussey and others

  • Signed by Twelve Members of the Quest Expedition.

Signed by Twelve Members of the Quest Expedition.

Item Number: 95610

Rare autograph note signed by each of the primary members of the Shackleton–Rowett Expedition, including: Ernest Henry Shackleton, Frank Wild, Alexander Macklin, Leonard Hussey, Frank Worsely, Douglas George Geoffrey, James Dell, L. R. Rickinson, Harold Watts, John Charles Bee-Mason. The note measures 7.25 inches by 6.25 inches. Double matted and framed. Exceptionally rare.

Shackleton embarked on his last Antarctic project aboard the small expedition vessel Quest in 1921, accompanied by a crew of 20 men, most of whom had worked with him on previous expeditions. Shackleton suffered an untimely death aboard the ship just after its arrival at the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. The major part of the subsequent attenuated expedition was a three-month cruise to the eastern Antarctic, under the leadership of the party's second-in-command, Frank Wild. Quest remained in South Georgia for a month, during which time Shackleton's old comrades erected a memorial cairn to their former leader, on a headland overlooking the entrance to Grytviken harbour. On November 27th 2011, the ashes of Frank Wild were interred on the right-hand side of Shackleton's grave site in Grytviken. The inscription on the rough-hewn granite block set to mark the spot reads "Frank Wild 1873–1939, Shackleton's right-hand man."