To commemorate the centenary of Ernest Shackleton’s death, his Antarctic sledge will be on display.
After being saved for the nation, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic sledge will be a star attraction.
To commemorate the centenary of the explorer’s death, it has been hoisted to the ceiling of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London.
The 11-foot wooden sledge was part of the Nimrod expedition in 1907-1909, which was the first to reach the magnetic South Pole and climb Mount Erebus.
After its sale to an overseas buyer was halted, it was purchased with a £204,700 grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.
The sledge, according to senior curator Jeremy Michell, “allows us to explore multiple research threads.”
Shackleton’s ship was trapped in Antarctic ice in 1914, but all of the crew survived.
In 1922, he died of a heart attack on South Georgia, at the age of 47.