Are You A Descendant?
Of one of the men who sailed to Antarctica with Ernest Shackleton?
By Donna Potter Phillips, 2023
Might you possibly be a descendant of a member of The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1916, led by Sir Ernest Shackleton?
The story of the ship Endurance and her 28 brave crewmen is well known. Multiple books, movies, TV specials and YouTube videos can be accessed to learn the full (and horrifying) story of the unspeakable trials these men lived through. (For instance, marooned on ice, they survived eating seal and seaweed.)
My interest was piqued and I asked Google for information on each and every one of those 28 men with Shackleton. Many never married or had no children. But some did:
Crewman name Wife Children
Ernest Shackleton Emily Dorman Edward, Cecily, Raymond
Thomas Crean Ellen Herlihy Mary, Eileen, Kate (d. young)
Alfred Cheetham Eliza Sawyer “13 children”
Lewis Rickinson Margaret Snell Lewis, Betty
Alexander Kerr Lillian Mitchell Jack, Eileen
Alexander Macklin Jean Hanton Alexander, Richard
Reginald James Annie Watson John, David, Margaret
George Marston Hazel Roberts Heather, Bevis
Thomas Orde-Lees Rhoda Musgrove Grace
Harry McNish Lizzie Littlejohn Thomas
William Stephenson Edith Binks Doris, Mellie, Gladys (d.y.)
Ernest Holness Lillian Bettles Lillian, Renee, Stanley, Ernest (d.y.)
Walter How Helen Varey “2 daughters”
John Vincent Alice Parker “4 children”
Perce Blackborow Kate Kearns Jim, Peggy, Joan, Kenneth, (2sons d.y)
Daniel Gooch Mary Munro Lancelot, Phyllis, Robert, Daphne
So do you carry one of those sixteen surnames? Or do those surnames appear on your family tree? Is your interest piqued?
Disclaimer: I did not do extensive research for this bit. And I only was looking at the 28 men with Shackleton and not the other 28 men comprising the Ross Sea party. And admitting that Grandma Google furnished my information, I admit to any mistakes!
P.S. Did you know that in March 2022 the ship Endurance was found? She rests upright nearly 10,000 feet deep in the Weddell Sea. Ask Grandma Google for images!