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.
Urgent Appeal to conserve the Masts and Rigging
The Dundee Heritage Trust needs your help to preserve this wonderful 116-year-old ship! RRS Discovery took Scott and Shackleton on their first expedition to the Antarctic (1901-04) and is now a major visitor attraction and museum in Dundee.
The project, focused on Discovery’s masts and rigging, will involve the ship being partially de-masted, and the work will take place at the yard of master shipbuilder and specialist, T Nielsen of Gloucester. The project began on 1 November 2016 and it is hoped the masts and rigging can be reinstated by June of next year.
The Heritage Trust hopes to generate £40,000 towards the project via a Crowdfunding appeal which closes at noon on Wednesday 30 November.
The total cost of the project is £350,000 and the appeal is supported by Trust Patron, TV presenter Lorraine Kelly.
Full details, including rewards for those who contribute, are on the Crowdfunder website
The next meeting will take place on Friday 5 May 2017
The annual May Dinner will be held at Dulwich College on Friday 5 May 2017.
Commander Tim Winter RN will talk about the successful Antarctic Endurance Expedition which he led in January and February of this year. Further details will be available nearer the time.
Future dates for your diary:
2017 AGM: Friday 10 November 2017
The Society meets twice a year at Dulwich College SE21, Shackleton’s school and the site of the original James Caird.