Oz adventurer set to recreate Shackleton historic Southern Ocean journey

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 02, 2012 11:30 hrs

An Australian adventurer has said that climate change will throw up a whole new set of challenges when he recreates Sir Ernest Shackleton's historic Southern Ocean crossing.

Tim Jarvis will leave from Sydney on Sunday, as he prepares to replicate the explorer's perilous 1916 boat voyage.

According to news.com.au, the 46-year-old Adelaide man, along with a crew of five sailors and mountain climbers, will sail on an exact replica of the 6.9-metre whaler James Caird across 800 nautical miles from Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands to South Georgia Island in the Southern 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 gear, the report said.

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

According to the report, but Jarvis said that climate change as changed a few things since Shackleton's day.

"The winds may be a bit stronger," he said, adding: "The winds could be in our favour but they will also make for bigger seas".

"And a lot of crevasses have less snow than they used to, so the chances of a crevasse fall are greater than when (Shackleton) did it," he said.

"It's going to be a dangerous expedition," he added.

According to the report, Shackleton set off on the journey from Elephant Island in April 1916 in the small lifeboat after members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition had become stranded on an ice floe.

He made it to South Georgia and raised the alarm at a whaling station, and rescuers were eventually able to save the stranded party without any loss of life, the report said.

He will depart from South America next month. (ANI)

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