Where is the Alexandra Shackleton?
Plans are currently under way for the Alexandra Shackleton to be on display in museums and venues across Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, starting at the Australian National Maritime Museum – exhibition entitled ‘Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica’ opening to the public 2 April 2015.
To enquire about exhibiting the Alexandra Shackleton please contact the Shackleton Epic via this page on our website.
In case you didn’t know…a few facts about the Alexandra Shackleton
Launched at a traditional naval naming ceremony at Portland Marina, Dorset, UK in March 2012 and named after The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, Shackleton Epic’s patron, Sir Ernest’s granddaughter and president of the James Caird Society, the Alexandra Shackleton is a replica of Shackleton’s 22.5’ (6.9m) whaler, the James Caird.
The Alexandra Shackleton was built at the International Boatbuilding College at Lowestoft. While the essential outer features of the James Caird and the Alexandra Shackleton are the same, there are a couple of differences between the boats:
- - European larch from Scotland has been used for the Alexandra Shackelton rather than the Baltic pine planking on steamed oak timbers of the James Caird
- - The Alexandra Shackleton has a full deck of pine boards and canvas, whereas the James Caird – initially timber planked only fore and aft.