January 5th 2022 marked the 100 year anniversary of the death of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

The Antarctic Quest 21 Expedition team held a commemoration service in honour of one the great leaders of the ‘heroic age’ of exploration. Using satellite communications technology provided by The AST Group the team were able to livestream this service to an international audience, sharing stories of their expedition so far and answering questions about expedition life and the progress and purpose of the scientific research.

Facilitated by Alexis Bowater, this was a fantastic hour with some lovely moments, including the toast to Sir Shackleton led by Expedition Leader Paul Hart, and Deputy Leader Antony Jinman reading a poem written by competition winner Elise from St Thomas More school in Bexleyheath.

Sponsors get shout outs, the whole team are introduced – including Ernie the Penguin! – and we learn who the loudest snorer is!

Led by Expedition Leader, Paul Hart, the team raised a glass of The Shackleton Whisky as a toast. Paul went on to read some words:

“They went into the unknown, they went into the untrodden, and they were going there to expand man’s knowledge about our planet. That’s what we’re recreating with our expedition.”

Paul Hart, Expedition Leader

TV News Coverage

We were delighted that the Commemoration Event was picked up by both the BBC and ITV in the UK. If you don’t have time to watch the whole livestream you can enjoy some clips in the short news segments below.


Many thanks to all of our friends, sponsors and supporters who are backing the Antarctic Quest 21 expedition, including:

NAAFI Team Army/Team Ethos Costain Group PLC BetterYou Ltd Applied Satellite Technology LtdGreencastle Consulting Klättermusen AB Fjellpulken AS Polar Latitudes Clean Planet Energy PlanetLabs.Earth LikeToBe.org LGfL Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Royal Geographical Society Prof Dr Ger Graus OBE Phil Carrotte Tim Ellis Twin Science & Robotics Verofax Limited Alpenverein Osterreich Beyond Exploration Shackleton Whisky Paul Read Martin Holland, FRGS USNAR Polar Science and Technology Program The Ulysses Trust Expedition Base Camp Anjuli Selvakumaran Elliot Brown Watches University of Plymouth Utrecht University The University of Manchester Durham University University of Tasmania Challenging Habitat AndrewSmedley PippaWhitehouse Colonel Paul John Edwards MBE The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton Lieutenant General Richard Nugee CB CVO CBE AngelaMilne Simon Ussher Nigel Marley MichielvanDenBroeke ImogenNapper Emily Whitehead Kate Retallick Claire Grogan FRGS Charlotte Braungardt 

Challenging Habitat

“Dr Charlotte Braungardt is a freelance environmental scientist working through her consultancy Challenging Habitat. She is the scientific advisor for the Antarctic Quest 21 expedition.”

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