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The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition as an epic feat of endurance

The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition as an epic feat of endurance
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StampNews.com hurries to inform that the second part of Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition stamp series is to be released by British Antarctic Territory. The issue is expected to be put into circulation on the 16th of November.

The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition is considered by some the last major expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. By 1914 both Poles had been reached so Shackleton set his sights on being the first to traverse Antarctica.

The plan was for the Ross Sea party, who travelled aboard the Aurora to a base at Cape Evans (Scott's HQ during the Terra Nova Expedition), to lay a series of supply depots to the base of the Beardmore Glacier and then return to the base. Meanwhile Shackleton would take Endurance into the Weddell Sea, make his way to the South Pole and then to the Ross Sea via the Beardmore Glacier (to pick up the supplies). Although the expedition failed to accomplish its objective it became recognised instead as an epic feat of endurance.

This is the second of the issues being released by British Antarctic Territory to mark the centenary of the Expedition. Based on the photos of Frank Hurley this issue starts with the arrival of Endurance in the Weddell Sea. Shackleton had been warned that it might be a bad year for ice in the Weddell Sea, so he had delayed his departure from South Georgia for a month until 5 December 1914. Endurance’s progress was erratic but they did manage to advance deep into the Weddell Sea, eventually arriving at the Antarctic coastal region of Coats Land 10 January 1915.

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