The Shackleton–Rowett Expedition (1921–22) was Sir Ernest
Shackleton's last Antarctic project, and the final episode in the Heroic
Age of Antarctic Exploration. The venture, with vaguely defined
geographic and scientific objectives, was financed by John Quiller
Rowett, and is otherwise known as the Quest Expedition after its ship
Quest, a converted Norwegian sealer. Shackleton had originally intended
to go to the Arctic and explore the Beaufort Sea, but abandoned this
plan when the Canadian government withheld financial support. Shortly
after Quest's arrival at South Georgia, Shackleton died of a heart
attack, aged 47. The expedition continued under the leadership of Frank
Wild, with a three-month cruise to the eastern Antarctic, but the
shortcomings of Quest as a polar vessel kept it from proceeding further
than longitude 20°E, or from penetrating southward through the pack
ice. After returning to South Georgia, Wild hoped for a second, more
productive season in the ice, and took the ship to Cape Town for a
refit, where he found a message from Rowett ordering them home. The
expedition ended quietly, with limited achievements.
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