Adventurers to recreate epic 1916 Shackleton Journey to Antarctica

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 07:50 hrs

An adventurer is set to leave Argentina with a crew of five Australian and British explorers to recreate one of the most dangerous and historic boat voyage.

Tim Jarvis, 46, will re-enact Sir Ernest Shackleton's perilous 1916 boat voyage by sailing on an exact replica of the 6.9 million lifeboat James Caird across 800 nautical miles from Elephant Island to South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic.

The replica boat has been renamed the Alexandra Shackleton after the explorer's granddaughter.

The crew will then traverse the mountainous interior of South Georgia using traditional kit and clothing, Sky News reports.

According to the report, the ocean crossing originally took 17 days with a three-day trip across South Georgia.

The team will wear identical clothing to that worn by the original crew, and will navigate using the stars and sun, the report said.

Shackleton set off on the journey from Elephant Island in April 1916 in the small lifeboat after his expedition vessel with almost 30 men on board became stuck in ice. (ANI)

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