1. Athy

Transfer to the MV Scout: Planned date 17 June 2022

3. Port Stanley

Transfer to the Pharos SG: Estimated date 6 August 2022

4. Grytviken
The South Georgia Museum. Estimated October 2022

Follow the crows nest journey as it travels across the globe.

LONDON: All Hallows by the Tower church. Home to the Crows Nest, the starting and end point of the journey.

1 ATHY: Shackleton Museum, Athy. The crows nest will be transported by road and ferry from Athy to Bristol.

2 BRISTOL: Start date around 01/06/2022. Southhampton – 17/06/2022 – Voyage to Falkland Islands on MV Scout

3 PORT STANLEY: Port StanleyFalkland Islands ETA 06/08/2022. 

4. GRYTVIKEN: King Edward Point – ETA September 2022. ETA October 2022.

The Quest Crow’s Nest

Frank Wild climbing to the crow’s nest of Quest
Image courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

In 1921, Sir Ernest Shackleton made another voyage to the Antarctic on the Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition. More commonly known as the Quest Expedition, it was to be Shackleton’s fourth and final Antarctic expedition.

The ship Quest was launched in 1917 in Norway and originally named Foca I. She was a small, two-masted wooden schooner of 205 tons, purchased by Shackleton for the expedition and renamed Quest at the suggestion of Lady Shackleton. Built for Arctic waters, she had a 125-horsepower steam engine and a reinforced bow sheathed in steel but needed extensive refitting for the Antarctic. Modifications included adding a new crow’s nest, a lookout high on the front mast to aid navigation through the ice packs of the Weddell Sea.

‘Apart from her white crow’s nest and exceptionally large bridge, there is little to distinguish the vessel… but the romance of her mission and the fame of her chief Sir Ernest Shackleton, invested the Quest with a glory of her own.’

Leeds Mercury, 17 August 1921

This year, the crow’s is travelling back to South Georgia to feature in a very special exhibition, Shackleton’s’ Last Quest. The exhibition marks the centenary of the launch of the Quest voyage and the event that is considered the end of the heroic era of exploration, the death of Shackleton.

Quest undergoing preparations for the expedition. You can see the addition of the white crow’s nest on the front mast
Image courtesy of State Library of New South Wales
Quest powering through pack ice in the Weddell Sea
Image courtesy of State Library of New South Wales