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Aurora Expeditions Commemorate Shackleton Centenaries with Floating Exhibition

May 29, 2014 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Aurora Expeditions have announced that they will host a floating exhibition of Frank Hurley’s iconic images aboard their Antarctic voyages over the next two years to commemorate the centenaries of the 1914-17 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

Aurora will pay tribute to one of the world’s greatest Antarctic explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton through a unique series of nine historical voyages retracing much of his heroic journey.

The story of Shackleton’s ill-fated journey exemplifies the strength of human spirit and one man’s determination to succeed against all odds.  Under treacherous conditions, Shackleton’s perilous journey and the subsequent rescue of all of his men remains one of the most heroic stories of all time.  However, it is through the photographic skills of Frank Hurley, the only Australian member of the expedition that much of what the men endured has been visually brought to life.

The floating exhibition, which has been developed in conjunction with the State Library of New South Wales, has been curated by Alasdair McGregor, world authority on Frank Hurley and author of Frank Hurley: A Photographers Life. Alasdairwill also be a special guest historian aboard ‘The Shackleton Spirit’ voyage departing 9 March 2015.

The upcoming 2014-15 season hosts five historical voyages offering a varied program of events and activities allowing passengers to retrace much of Shackleton’s journey including visits to key historical points, presentations by expert historians, a commemorative dinner and the opportunity to raise a toast to ‘The Boss’ at Shackleton’s grave.

Embracing the true spirit of exploration, passengers will even have the chance to re-enact the ‘Shackleton Walk’, the final leg of Shackleton’s epic trek from Fortuna Bay to Stromness Whaling Station. Experienced mountaineers aboard ‘In Shackleton’s Footsteps’ departing 31 January 2015 will attempt a three-day alpine crossing, retracing the grueling 36-hour trek made by Shackleton, Frank Worsley and Tom Crean, who crossed the rugged, glaciated interior of South Georgia after their 17-day open boat epic across the Scotia Sea.

Prices start from US$12,660 a triple cabin – The Shackleton Spirit  (20 days) including accommodation, meals, commemorative centenary multi-purpose parka, commemorative voyage log, free gumboot hire, shore excursions, guiding services and landing fees.

Visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/shackletoncentenaryvoyages to view full Centenary Program or to download a brochure or call our Expedition Experts on +61 2 9252 1033 or freecall within Australia 1800 637 688.

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