Sunday, March 30, 2014

William L. Bakewell

The American on the Endurance 

Ice, Seas, and Terra Firma
Adventures of William L. Bakewell

I have had the pleasure  of contacting Elizabeth Anna Bakewell Rajala, the daughter of William Lincoln Bakewell.  Elizabeth's father was the sole American on Sir Ernest Shackleton's Trans-Atlantic Expedition.  She has been kind in granting me permission to use material from Mr. Bakewell's adventurous memoir.  I have included a Google Earth tour of his time spent on Elephant Island as part of the current project: SOUTH! THE STORY OF SHACKLETON’S  LAST EXPEDITION 1914–1917

The American on the Endurance is available from Dukes Hall Publishing.  

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Friday, March 21, 2014


                    SOUTH! THE STORY OF SHACKLETON’S                                            LAST EXPEDITION 1914–1917

"I turned the Yelcho in, and within half an hour reached the beach with Crean and some of the Chilian sailors. I saw a little figure on a surf-beaten rock and recognized Wild. As I came nearer I called out, “Are you all well?” and he answered, “We are all well, boss,” and then I heard three cheers. As I drew close to the rock I flung packets of cigarettes ashore; they fell on them like hungry tigers, for well I knew that for months tobacco was dreamed of and talked of. Some of the hands were in a rather bad way, but Wild had held the party together and kept hope alive in their hearts. There was no time then to exchange news or congratulations. I did not even go up the beach to see the camp, which Wild assured me had been much improved. A heavy sea was running and a change of wind might bring the ice back at any time. I hurried the party aboard with all possible speed, taking also the records of the Expedition and essential portions of equipment."

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Sunday, March 9, 2014


             SOUTH! THE STORY OF SHACKLETON’S                                           LAST EXPEDITION 1914–1917

Follow Ernest ShackletonTom Crean and Frank Worsley as they traverse the glaciers, crevasses and snow fields of South Georgia Island, in search of rescue for the crew of the Endurance.

Click to watch (episode 9 of 11) Endurance, Shackleton and the Antarctic.

 Tom Crean.jpgFile:Frank Worsley.jpg

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Sunday, March 2, 2014


                   SOUTH! THE STORY OF SHACKLETON’S                                         LAST EXPEDITION 1914–1917

 The James Caird journey is shown with relative locations of Antarctic continent, Elephant Island, South America and South Georgia
"Dusk was approaching. A small cove, with a boulder-strewn beach guarded by a reef, made a break in the cliffs on the south side of the bay, and we turned in that direction. I stood in the bows directing the steering as we ran through the kelp and made the passage of the reef. The entrance was so narrow that we had to take in the oars, and the swell was piling itself right over the reef into the cove; but in a minute or two we were inside, and in the gathering darkness the James Caird ran in on a swell and touched the beach. I sprang ashore with the short painter and held on when the boat went out with the backward surge. When the James Caird came in again three of the men got ashore, and they held the painter while I climbed some rocks with another line. A slip on the wet rocks twenty feet up nearly closed my part of the story just at the moment when we were achieving safety. A jagged piece of rock held me and at the same time bruised me sorely. However, I made fast the line, and in a few minutes we were all safe on the beach, with the boat floating in the surging water just off the shore. We heard a gurgling sound that was sweet music in our ears, and, peering around, found a stream of fresh water almost at our feet. A moment later we were down on our knees drinking the pure, ice-cold water in long draughts that put new life into us. It was a splendid moment."

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