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Antarctic Quest 21
Our Sponsors and Associates
Elliot Brown Watches
Our Thanks to Elliot Brown Watches - providers of the toughest watches on the planet.
We’re proud to support the Antarctica Quest 21 Expedition.
When our friend and colleague Paul Hart approached us about sponsoring this critically
important expedition, we didn’t hesitate for a second. But we did have one request: we also
wanted to join and support the effort on the ice. After all, this expedition will be defined by two
things that Polar Latitudes has always been passionate about –a relentless desire to explore and
discover, and a deep respect for the Antarctic environment, as evidenced by our own Citizen
The fact that this journey will be building upon the incredible legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton
was just one more reason we couldn’t say no, as we’ll be launching our own Shackleton’s Final
Quest Voyage (currently waitlisted) this upcoming season.
It’s an honor to support this historic effort, in any and every way we can.
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The Kent Scouts ReQuest 2021 Antarctic Research Project
Ten members of Scouting will be joining the crew of a Tall Ship to sail from South America to the Antarctic peninsula in December 2021.
The trip will commemorate 100 years since Sir Ernest Shackleton selected two Scouts to join him on his 1921 Quest expedition to the frozen south.
Each participant is undertaking a research project. We also have other objectives including educating thousands of young people about climate change, wildlife and environmental issues.
The Royal Geographic Society are proud to provide expertise and guidance for Antarctic Quest 21.
University of Plymouth
Dr. Imogen Napper has kindly written a letter highlighting the importance of this expedition. She is a research fellow of the University of Plymouth and is researching international marine litter. More information can be found here.
To whom it may concern,
Plastic pollution is ubiquitous within the natural environment, with microplastics being of particular concern. Due to their size, microplastics (< 5 mm) have been reported to travel great distances and have been found in the deep sea, sea surface and in the air. There is a growing focus on the atmospheric transfer of microplastic and what distances they can travel.
Understanding exactly how far microplastics can travel is the next big scientific question to answer. By collecting remote Antarctic snow, at varying depths, it will help answer this question. The snow samples collected will identify the potential increasing concentration of microplastic in Antarctica over time.
Similarly, last year, the National Geographic Everest team collected snow samples towards the top of Mt. Everest for the University of Plymouth to analyse. Although we cannot share the results until published, we have identified some key microplastic patterns in remote areas. Collecting more samples from remote areas, such as Antarctica, is critical for confirming our predictions.
Our research group have been leading researching plastic pollution research for over a decade. Prof. Richard Thompson (lead of the research team) coined the term ‘microplastic’ in 2004. Following this, our team were the first to highlight the ingestion of microplastics by fish and other marine life. Plus, the first to show the role textiles and wastewater play in their source and transmission – with a single wash of clothing releasing more than 700,000 microfibers; and how some facial scrubs could contain up to 2.8 million microbeads. This led to our team winning a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.
Dr. Imogen Napper
University of Plymouth
From Jan Chojecki, grandson of John Quiller Rowett, principal backer of the 1921 Shackleton-Rowett Expedition:
John Quiller Rowett was particularly keen that the Shackleton-Rowett Expedition 1921-1922 should
conduct valuable scientific research and it’s great to see the breadth, relevance and quality of the
information that the AntarcticQuest21 team will generate. My grandfather would undoubtedly have
approved. Like the fourth presence in the South Georgia crossing, we will be willing them on every
step of the way.
As Sir Ernest Shackleton wrote in a letter to my grandmother, 18 July 1921, “Never the Lowered Banner, Never the Lost Endeavour!
The United States Naval Academy
Good luck on your expedition and our faculty-students look forward to future research collaborations on the project.
Durham University - Dr Pippa Whitehouse
Antarctic Quest 21 are delighted to have the support from Dr Pippa Whitehouse who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography.
I'm really excited that the team have an opportunity to visit this remote site where a GPS receiver is deployed to record glacial rebound. The site is powered by solar panels and wind turbines, and there is a satellite antenna set up to transfer data in real-time, but unfortunately a key component of the instrument is broken and needs replacing. What would usually be a simple repair is very challenging when the instrument is perched on the edge of a mountain in Antarctica! I wish the team every success.
Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE ADC
As the Patron of Paul Hart's last Expedition to Antarctica in 2012 I know, first-hand, the significant benefits of such ventures. They firstly conduct scientific research in areas never previously explored and in doing so, amongst other things, heighten awareness of global warming and the spread of pollution. They achieve discovery in areas never visited. Whilst walking in their predecessor's footsteps they rightfully draw attention to the heroic achievements of their forbearers . Finally, the character building of everyone in the team in the most challenging of environments is of huge and enduring value to the Armed Services and the organisations in which they are employed. Expedition Antarctic Quest 2021 is such an adventure. I commend it to you and ask that you support it in whatever way you can.
Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE DL
NAAFI - Navy, Army & Air Force Institutes
Since NAAFI was created in 1920 we have supported the British Forces at home and abroad during peace and conflict, providing a ‘taste of home’ to our Forces and their families. We continue this important welfare service in Germany, Gibraltar, Brunei, the South Atlantic Islands, on-board HM Ships and on exercise and operations across the world. Over the years we have evolved to also provide soft facilities management services (SFMS) which include retail, catering, mess services, cleaning, administration, coffee shops, pubs, mobile wagons and 24hr vending. As the MOD’s in-house provider, NAAFI stands ready to deploy at short notice on operations or exercises to provide a valued service where and when our service personnel need it most.
The Shackleton Whiskey
We are proud to support the Expedition Antarctic Quest 21 in commemoration of the life of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and in support of the scientific research and exploration.
Shackleton Whisky is pleased to provide the toast whisky in homage to the legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton at the commemoration service on 5th January 2022.
Shackleton Whisky is based on the spirit personally ordered by Sir Ernest Shackleton to bolster team spirit on his Antarctic expedition (Nimrod, 1907), later discovered a century later frozen into the ice beneath Shackleton’s base camp.
Dr Charlotte Braungardt
Charly loves nature, is an engineer, environmental scientist and biogeochemist and works for the University of Plymouth as Associate Professor. Beyond this, she is active in science communication, STEM subject outreach, citizen science and environmental education.
Antarctic Quest 21 are delighted to have the support of BetterYou on their expedition.