Sunday, February 07, 2010

Rare (very) old Scotch whiskey found...

An expedition to the Antarctic ice shelf to restore explorer Ernest Shackleton’s century old expedition site has turned up five crates of whiskey and brandy that have been preserved in the ice for more than 100 years. Read more on the RedOrbitNetwork

The Shackleton expedition was cut short in 1909 as their supplies drew close to an end. Their long ski trek to reach the South Pole from the northern Antarctic coast was never completed as they turned back 100 miles short of the goal. No lives were lost in the expedition, but Shackleton lost his bid to be the first to reach the South Pole in 1909.
The Shackleton crew sailed from Cape Royds quickly in 1909 as winter ice began to form on the sea. They left equipment and supplies behind, including the whiskey and brandy.

"Their supplies drew close to an end"?

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