Author Michael Smith talks about Tom Crean, Ernest Shackleton and Polar Exploration

Europe Direct
Event Information

Date: 5 Oct 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Europe Direct Centre: Waterford Library
Location: Event Centre

Event Description

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Waterford Europe Direct is delighted to host a talk by Michael Smith, distinguished authority on polar exploration and author of books on Tom Crean and Ernest Shackleton.

Tom Crean ran away from home at the age of fifteen to join the navy and volunteered to join Captain Scott’s first voyage to the Antarctic on Discovery. He was among the last to see Scott alive near the South Pole in 1912 and saved the lives of two companions in the greatest single-handed feat of bravery in the history of exploration.

Crean joined Shackleton’s epic Endurance expedition in 1914, helping to sail a small open boat across raging seas and making the first forced march over the mountains and glaciers of South Georgia.

Event hosted by Waterford Europe Direct as part of the Children’s Book Festival. Event will take place at Waterford Central Library . Waterford Europe Direct, in line with EU policy on health and education, aims to actively encourage young people to explore their history and to learn the lessons of the past and how they might be applied to the present and the future.