Welcome to the website of the James Caird Society, a society dedicated to honouring the outstanding qualities of leadership associated with the name of Sir Ernest Shackleton, especially during the ill-fated but glorious Endurance Expedition, when all members of the party were rescued following a daring 800-mile voyage in the 23’ life boat James Caird. Read more about the Endurance Expedition.
The next meeting will take place on Friday 17 November 2017 (please note the change of date) It will comprise the 2017 AGM, followed by a talk on Amundsen by Geir Klover, Director of the Fram Museum in Oslo.
The annual May Dinner was held at Dulwich College on Friday 5 May 2017. Commander Tim Winter RN gave a fascinating talk, with some breath-taking pictures, on the successful Antarctic Endurance Expedition which he led in January and February of this year. A fuller report will appear in the JCS Newsletter, due out in July 2017.
We are delighted to report that the crowd-funding appeal for RRS Discovery, which was featured here on the JCS website, reached its £40,000 goal. In a campaign that spread worldwide and gained the backing of everyone from schoolchildren to global businesses, a newborn baby to a television celebrity, the historic ship finally reached its crowd-funding goal. More than 200 backers, including members of the James Caird Society, came together to push the ship’s goal past its £40,000 target. And after a nail-biting final 24 hours, supporters gathered at Discovery Point in Dundee to celebrate at the ship, which opened again to visitors after just a few weeks of closure while work on Discovery’s masts and rigging was completed.
Future dates for your diary:
2017 AGM: Friday 17 November 2017 *Note the new date
May Dinner: Friday 11 May 2018
2018 AGM: Friday 23 November 2018
The Society meets twice a year at Dulwich College SE21, Shackleton’s school and the site of the original James Caird.