Principles of the SouthPole-sium
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From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank:
1. I can give a presentation on the construction, launch and 60 year working life of the SS Terra Nova and her involvement in polar exploration in the Antarctic and the Arctic. Also the location and discovery by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, of the wreck of the ship off South West Greenland, as she was found in July, 1912. I can bring my own 'steam driven' slide projector and screen, just in case this equipment is not available. I do not have up-to-date 'space age' lap top and power point kit.
2. I can give a presentation comparing the southern polar journeys of Shackleton 1908/09 and Scott 1911/12, illustrating the different approach to tackling the route to the South Pole. The width of a pen board or blackboard and chalk would be required, equipment which I do not have.
3. At present, I am well advanced on a biography of Surgeon Captain Edward Leicester Atkinson (1881-1929) DSO AM MRCS LRCP RN. "ANTARCTIC EXPLORER & WAR HERO—The man who found Captain Scott." I hope to have the book published early in 2015, in which case I can give a presentation and will have the books with me for sale. (To be advised later) Visual aid equipment yet to be decided.
From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: I worked all my life in electronics and computing mainly for New Zealand's Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. Spent two years in Antarctica at Scott Base on Ross Island (close to McMurdo) wintering-over in 1960 and again in 1963. Since retiring in 2000 my major interests have been the Antarctic, book collecting, and travel.
My Antarctic interests relate to Scott's Northern Party, especially their sledging both before and after the snow-cave ordeal on Inexpressible Island. For my own interest, at the moment, I am putting together details of these sledging trips using published material, photographs and unpublished diaries. Many of my recent overseas travels have involved the archives in Cambridge and Newfoundland. Last July (2014) I published a paper in the Cambridge Polar Record describing some new hand written conversations between Campbell, Levick, and Priestley during their last winter in the snow-cave on Inexpressible Island.
My book collecting interests include the Antarctic, WWII, and New Zealand non-fiction relating to the Wellington area. Most of my Antarctic books are of the Ross Sea area prior to 1920 and the period from 1945 to 1970, although other polar books have crept into the collection. Once again this interest fits in well with my overseas travel. I have had a Travel Blog going from early 2010 in which I make mention of some good old-book shops in places like Garrison, NY, Sydney, BC, Halifax, Toronto, St Catherine, ON, Vancouver, BC.
From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: Interested in all aspects of Antarctica though obviously I am particularly interested in the ships which have played such an important role in Antarctic exploration. I could give a very short presentation on
1) the future of icebreaking;
2) dog-team driving with the British Antarctic Survey. I hope that there will be a serious discussion on what we might expect the future of Antarctic exploration/activities to be like in view of
1) the pressures for economic development; and
2) competition for funding from Arctic; and
3) Tourism pressures.
From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: Michael was bitten by the Antarctic polar bug (a well-known species) in 1979, and it hasn't let go of him since. In 1987, he set foot upon a tiny islet off Elephant Island, and upon experiencing the stark landscape, myriad penguins, seals, and the wafting odor of guano, his love for the southern regions only became more extreme. He has resigned himself to the fact that even though he is a physician by profession, there is no treatment for this malady. Michael began devouring the Antarctic literature and became a book collector, and has visited the southern regions eight times in all, three times as historian on cruise ships. He believed the literature from Cook to Shackleton deserved a bibliography, and so produced one, along with a publishing entity, Adélie Books named in honor of his favorite penguin, through which he edited and published several more books. The Naval Institute Press published his "Let Heroes Speak: Antarctic Explorers, 1772-1922" in 2000, and he is pleased that a bookshop in Ushuaia, Argentina, gateway to the Antarctic, purchased myriad hundreds of paperback copies to foist upon travelers coming through. He has ideas about future Adélie Books projects that he is delighted not to be able to share with you yet. He believes that James Cook's second voyage is the first true Antarctic exploration and deserves as many kudos as Scott, Shackleton, and Amundsen. He has come to Craobh Haven to highlight that expedition's literature and simply to share the joy of books, and, in the company of his wife Sheila Pressman, to see old friends and make new ones.
I'd love to do a talk about the Antarctics in WWI—I'm uncovering some really fascinating material which brings Rupert Brooke and William Johnstone of Hidcote (famous gardens in the Cotswolds) into the picture, as well as Meares' unpublished letters from the trenches, so hopefully people will find it interesting.
From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: I am enthusiastic about wild places, exploration and the natural world. I have travelled to Antarctica and the Arctic on specialist photographic trips including one called "In the Wake of Shackleton." Shackleton in a hero of mine. I produce photographic cards, books and canvas prints. I sell my work at craft markets and village days. I give talks and photographic presentations to various groups and organisations. I am happy to share my experiences and photographic work I am looking forward to learning from others and sharing knowledge and experiences.
From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: I'm chiefly interested in the Heroic Age and its aftermaths, particularly in literature and culture, but my broader interest is in the links between literature and environment. I also like penguins.
My PhD was entitled "Scott's Last Expedition and the Literature of Cold," and I'm in the process of turning it into a book. I'd be very willing to talk about the writing of the Terra Nova expedition, or indeed the books they were reading. I can bring along a copy of the edition of Tennyson found in the polar party's final tent.
I'm happy to come away having learnt more about Antarctica and the people whom it fascinates; I know I'll come away have enjoyed a stimukating and friendly few days.
From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: Why: 1) To get to know everyone better (i.e. socialize around the common interest)
2) To hear interesting talks on aspects of Antarctic exploration and books.
Take-away: Friendships established and deepend (as e.g. with the Stams at SP#1)
From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: Antarctic career started over 50 years ago and has included Director of the South Georgia Whaling Museum. So my main interests are the history of South Georgia, especially whaling and sealing, and the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. I have written small books/booklets on the history of British Antarctic Territory, Port Lockroy, Shackleton at South Georgia and the Maritime History of South Georgia. I am trying to set up field projects surveying the hulk Louise at Grytviken and the sealers' site at Elsehul, South Georgia, and I have been investigating the subject of whether Shackleton would have got across Antarctica if he had managed to land at Vahsel Bay. From the examination of primary sources, this has led me into the subject of the making of myths: what was written at the time versus what is popularly believed now. "When, however, great men pass from history into legend, as has Shackleton, myths get mixed with facts, and the biographer may have difficulty in disentangling them." Sir Gerald Eliot. Managing Director, Salvesens.
I have an artefact which I believe came from the Terra Nova Expedition on which I would like opinions.
I have also been pondering why look-out barrels were secured behind the mast rather than in front of it.
From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: Why are you attending? 1) To meet with Falcon Scott and the Shackletons. My father, Robert Pope, Sr., was one of the first Americans to land at Cape Evans and Hut Point. I would like to show them the pictures I have of this event. Also to expose my daughters to people involved in the history of Antarctica. They are the next generation to carry this on. 2) To show pictures and talk about my Dad's experience with Operation Highjump and Windmill.
Robert Pope, Jr.
From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: "Discovery descendant (granddaughter of Reginald Skelton) who only got switched on to the Antarctic on reading Sara Wheeler's Terra Incognita in 1997. Since then I've been to Antarctica twice (Ross Sea in 1999 & Snow Hill Island in 2006 + SubAntarctic, South Georgia & Falkands 2009 and French Islands of Le Crozet, Kerguelen, St Paul & Amsterdam 2011) and have been involved in the production of three books Discovery Illustrated, The Antarctic Journals of Reginald Skelton and—just published—Scott and Charcot at the col du Lautaret. I'm a member of the Friends of SPRI (Treasurer), James Caird Society, South Georgia Association and Falklands Conservation."
I can certainly bring a copy of each of the books (and probably more of the latest one, as that is both new and much lighter than the first two, which most attendees probably already have, but can order from me if not).
Thanks. Will be filling in my form and registering.
Good news! I have just transferred £200 to the Scottish bank account to register Jackie and me.
Registration form will follow by post.
Still not sure. I have to make a trip to Marlborough (Wilts.) next year and would have to tie those two trips together, as I don't own an airline.
I would have signed on in a sec as I knew that I was going to be in the UK in May. Looking at my calendar, unfortunately, I will be leading an expedition in the Azores during those dates. Drat. Keep me on the list for next time.
Kirsti and I are very tempted but have to say that at this time we cannot commit. Please don't rule us out yet however—we would however love to be kept in the loop in the meantime!
Paul Chaplin (and Kirsti Paulsen)
That looks very interesting indeed. I'll be discussing that tonight and I suspect we will enrol and take a chance on health, etc.
Exciting!!!! Suzy and I WILL attend! Thank you so much for including us on the list (well, me at least!)
I will send you registration form tomorrow.
Thanks for this. Very tempting.
I would like to propose a talk on "What the whalers really told Shackleton: how reality is lost in myth"(Or something like that). There is a small industry of correcting Huntford on Scott (e.g. Karen May); for Shackleton, you can see how a game of Chinese whispers is compounding errors as they pass from one author to another and each one seeks to make the story more dramatic.
I can offer a humorous after-dinner talk: "The Strange and Awful History of Scurvy". It goes down well as a recap on cruises and at local groups.