Aeneas Mackintosh (1879–1916) was a British Antarctic explorer who
commanded the Ross Sea party within Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial
Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914–17. The party's mission was to
support Shackleton's proposed transcontinental march by laying supply
depots along the latter stages of the march's intended route. Confusing
orders meant Mackintosh was uncertain of the timing of Shackleton's
proposed march. Matters worsened when the Ross Sea party's ship, SY
Aurora, was swept from its moorings during a gale, taking away much of
the party's supplies and equipment. Despite these setbacks and further
practical difficulties, Mackintosh's stranded party managed to carry out
its depot-laying task to the full. Having reached safety, he and a
companion lost their lives while attempting to return to the
expedition's base camp by walking across unstable sea ice. Shackleton
later commended the work of Mackintosh and his comrades, and equated the
sacrifice of their lives to those given in the trenches during the First
World War. However, his competence and leadership skills have been
questioned by some polar historians.
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