Shackleton’s greatest example of human endurance is encapsulated within the timbers of this vessel. The achievements, innovations and sacrifices of all polar explorers of the Heroic Age are a valued and important part of the world’s cultural heritage and scientific community. The addition of this iconic vessel to the international collection of historic boats serves to represent the exploits of polar exploration pioneers.
This vessel is a living encyclopaedic document, vast in nature. It teaches people without words, spoken or written; it teaches without pictures. It is a full-scale time machine that transports that transports its crew to another time and place. It allows a glimpse into the past, and age before mobile phones, computers, and other comforts of modern living - by stepping aboard YOU become an empirical historian, a physical re-enactor of the past.