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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Iceman follows his destiny

The Mercury: Iceman follows his destiny [11nov05]

JONATHAN Shackleton has sailed from Hobart, heading for Antarctica, in search of his family heritage.

For the Irish historian it was a poignant moment this week, more than 100 years after his second cousin, Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the great Antarctic explorers, sailed with British explorer Captain Robert Scott.

Mr Shackleton said he had visited the Antarctic peninsula 13 times from South America, but this trip

from Hobart would be his first voyage to the actual continent.

He will be a guest lecturer on the expedition ship Lapitain Khlebnikov, and will return to Hobart on Decem-

ber 29.

His return to Hobart will provide another special moment.

"I plan to spend a night in Hadleys Hotel, where Roald Amundsen stayed after he announced he had reached the South Pole.

"Hobart has been very exciting," he said.

"It's role as a gateway to Antarctica is special


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