When Seb Coulthard joined the expedition he worked for the Lynx Helicopter Force but now works for the Ministry of Defence’s centre of expertise for aircraft structural repair, enhancement, and scientific support.
Seb continues to play a curatorial role in the upkeep of the Alexandra Shackleton and her heritage artefacts (currently on display at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard), making sure they are looked after for furture generations.
Ever the enthusiast Seb is currently researching a variety of historic small boat journeys ranging across time from 1398, 1789, 1812 and 1941 in the hope of launching an expedition to reenact one of them in the near future – a fabulous opportunity to re-discover forgotten moments in our maritime history.
Seb hopes to return to Elephant Island and South Georgia in 2016 on a Royal Naval expedition to mark the 100th anniversary of Shackleton’s escape from Antarctic. “I have some unfinished business with South Georgia to settle!” says Seb.
Seb’s expeditionary exploits may appear to be top of the agenda, however his family and future career are his no.1 priority. Looking further to the future Seb is also considering taking up a job in subsea / ROV engineering specialising in deep-water salvage and exploration.
Expedition Bosun Petty Officer Seb Coulthard RN FRGS: Representing the Royal Navy as a tribute to Shackleton’s leadership and the brave spirit of the men who accompanied him. Over the last twelve years Coulthard has worked at the sharp end of naval aviation with previous postings overseas spanning half the globe. The Royal Navy has exposed him to some of the most inhospitable regions of the world including the Southern Ocean, the safe quadrant of a few developing hurricanes in the Caribbean, and mined areas surrounding the Shatt al-Arab waterway in the Northern Arabian Gulf. Coulthard’s past expeditions include Tanzania, Atacama Desert and Yosemite National Park. Coulthard currently works for the Ministry of Defence’s centre of expertise for aircraft structural repair, enhancement, and scientific support. Lives Bewdley, Worcestershire, 30 years of age. @sebcoulthard