Ernest H. Shackleton - Check Signed 11/10/1911
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Ernest H. Shackleton - Check Signed 11/10/1911:
ERNEST H. SHACKLETON - CHECK SIGNED 11/10/1911 ERNEST SHACKLETON
Signed between his legendary Antarctic journeys
Check signed: "E H Shackleton", 7¾x3¼. London, England, 1911 November 10. Check No. G89178, drawn on The Union of London & Smiths Bank, payable to Mr. W. J. Chesterfield for £13.12.7. Completely filled out by Shackleton. Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) left school to join the crew of a merchant ship, qualifying for ship's Master at the youthful age of 24. On March 23, 1909, Lieutenant Ernest Shackleton found the magnetic South Pole. He and two companions made the closest approach yet to the South Pole, earning a knighthood for this endeavor. In 1914, as war was breaking out in Europe, Winston Churchill declined Shackleton's offer to move his crew to a warship and ordered him instead to proceed with a planned expedition to cross Antarctica from ocean to ocean. However, his ship, the Endurance, was trapped in the ice and crushed. With five crew members, Shackleton, as expedition commander, made an heroic journey of 800 miles in small boats to the coast of South Georgia Island to get help (1916). In 1922, he died of a heart attack on South Georgia Island while on another expedition to the Antarctic. His widow had his body returned to South Georgia for burial, saying that his spirit belonged there. For many years, his memory was neglected in favor of those who reached the South Pole: Roald Amundsen and the ill-fated Robert Scott, but new accounts of the Endurance expedition have made him famous once again. Normal cancellation holes and markings, the latter crossing but not obscuring the signature. Overall, fine condition.
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