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The Art of Suffering

Swoop Specialist

A brief stroll across St James’s Park in London delivers you to Waterloo Place, where you are met by the statues of two tragic Polar figures: John Franklin, Byronic in stature and with an expression of fortitude; and Scott of the Antarctic, dressed in expedition clothes, gazing heroically into the distance. The actual bodies of... Read More

Amundsen / Antarctic / Arctic / Franklin / North Passage / Polar / Scott / Shackleton / South Georgia / South Pole / exploration
Mujeres yamana An Extraordinary Experiment

An Extraordinary Experiment

Swoop Local Guide

Whilst the story of Charles Darwin’s voyage on HMS Beagle and his development of an evolutionary theory is well documented, there were three other passengers on board the Beagle as it sailed out of Plymouth in 1831 whose story is much less well known. They were El’leparu, O’run-del’lico and Yok’cushly, Read More

Darwin / FitzRoy / HMS Beagle / Patagonia / Tierra Del Fuego

Pass the Penguin: Diets of the Early Explorers

Swoop Specialist

One stinging truth the study revealed was quite obvious: most heroes tend to die. Scott, Shackleton, Franklin, and my favourite, Titus Oates – who spoke the immortal last words – “I’m just going outside and may be some time”, all perished. But is it the actions of a person, or their last words that make Read More

Antarctica / History / Polar Exploration

Ernest Shackleton: Death or Glory

Friend of Swoop

Several times when we were out on the sea during the expedition in rough weather, snow and ice accumulated on the sails and ropes. Down below in the living space ten of the team lived in fairly squalid conditions, every so often getting a boot in the face, or picking reindeer hair out of the food. Read More

Antarctica / History / Shackleton

A Little Piece of Antarctica in Warwickshire

Swoop Specialist

In preparing for a voyage to Antarctica, I had written the usual packing lists, read some more books about Antarctica, and checked the weather forecast plenty of times. In my research I stumbled across an intriguing story of an English church, an Antarctic voyage and Sir Robert Falcon Scott’s last ever journey. Read More

Antarctica / History