Shackleton made his trip with a crew of 28 experienced polar explorers, scientists, and sailors, on board the Norwegian ship Endurance. document.write("PLEASE ASK"); The book provides an account of Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, covering the period 15 January 1914 to 29 October 1915, in the form of a journal written from a cat’s point of view, supposedly by Mrs Chippy. The cat of the carpenter on the ill fated Shackleton expedition to the Antarctic. Read Simon's story. Tragically, as she made her way back to the White House, she got in a collision with a … Shackleton was pleased to have the cat join the crew, as a good mouser was important on board ship to keep rodents under control and prevent them damaging the stores (as of course the crew of Amethyst would later confirm: see the story of Simon and HMS Amethyst). A tabby cat called Mrs. Chippy joined Ernest Shackleton on the Endurance’s frozen, ill-fated expedition. seal meat and blubber. Alexander wrote Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition: The Remarkable Journal of Shackleton's Polar-Bound Cat in l997 and was encouraged to write about the human members of this expedition later. Towards the end the crew had to camp out on the ice in tents, while Shackleton planned what to do for the best. Mrs Chippy was not the only cat to have taken part in polar exploration. What happened on June 15th? Frank Hurley. Blackborow returned once to embrace the cat tightly, telling him how glad he was that they had been shipmates, and then left. See our companion article describing some other Antarctic Cats Images and content (whether original or used at Purr 'n' Fur with permission) may NOT be reproduced These dogs suffered from lack of exercise and — oddly, considering the important role they would be expected to play later — were not very well looked after; indeed, poor condition led to the early demise of several of them. they called the cat mrs. chippy, thinking it was female. But NcNish never forgave Shackleton for having his cat shot. For many years he had an unmarked grave, but in 1959 the New Zealand Antarctic Society erected a headstone. It was taken by expedition photographer Frank Hurley and looks as though it might have been taken outside the galley. He was willing and proved to be an asset, eventually gaining promotion to steward. The carpenter … In spite of the name he was a tough tomcat from Glasgow, and he belonged to Henry (Harry) McNish, ship's carpenter and master shipwright. Of course, animals were the original test pilots for space missions. Mrs Chippy, of course, loved all the attention and treated it as his due. Start date Oct 25, 2020; Tags ... What happened to her boyfriend she was with? but please allow all images to load before doing so, or some may not display But his grave, in Karori Cemetery, Wellington, was unmarked until 1959 when the NZ Antarctic Society raised a headstone. Feline Fun He was a handsome, intelligent, good-natured and affectionate animal, and a first-rate mouser and ratcatcher to boot. A set of six stamps showing various domesticated animals (and a penguin) that had been to the Antarctic was issued by South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, and the cat is on the top (£1-15) value. What he did not like were the 70-odd Canadian sledge dogs that lived a rather miserable life chained up in lines of restrictive kennels on each side of the deck. Well at least we can settle the question now of what happened to Mrs Chippy. Finally, on October 27, 1915, a new wave of pressure rippled across the … Who was in charge of the photography? hey–what about Mrs. Chippy, the ship’s cat? One day the bo'sun John Vincent, an unpopular man but who quite liked dogs, accused the cat of unnecessarily provoking them. Mrs. Chippy has the dubious distinction of presumably being the first cat in history to travel to—and end up shot to death in—the Antarctic. It's a pity that on none of them is Mrs Chippy to be seen; he always seemed to manage to be just out of shot! With conditions now more dire than ever, and no room for dead weight, Shackleton ordered the four weakest sled dog pups and the carpenter’s cat Mrs. Chippy to be shot. Mrs. The album is now available as Shackleton's Voyage, a 51-minute musical interpretation telling the sensational story of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1916 in a series of 15 tracks. The dogs also had a stout wire between posts along which they could run for exercise while remaining securely chained to it; again Mrs Chippy would tempt fate by watching them from just out of range. Mrs Chippy continued to sleep through much of what was happening, prompting the remark, years later, from a crew member: 'Mrs Chippy's almost total disregard for the diabolical forces at work on the ship was more than remarkable — it was inspirational. Blackborow rescued the cat before the threat could be carried out — but that was another life gone! Emma Tamsin Hill #2 Chippy bun, flattest bum, put your tongue away hun. McNish's grandson Tom, who lives in England, was delighted and felt his grandfather would have been pleased. [5] The final entry recounts Shackleton instructing his crew, now camped on the ice pack following the destruction of their ship, that to ensure their survival "Anything that cannot pull its weight or is not useful to the Expedition must be put down". The whittling of the phalanx must be applauded. The phalanx of pints must be admired. The painting Mrs Chippy by Wolf Howard shows the cat "about to be shot", while in the background Endurance is depicted trapped in the ice and its crew can be seen launching a small open boat on a rescue mission. However, as time went on he gained in confidence and would prowl around on top of their kennels mewing; then sharpen his claws on the roofs (the mainmast was also a favourite claw-sharpening spot), and sit there calmly washing himself. In 2001 Frank heard for the first time about Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance expedition, and conceived the idea of making a modern musical composition inspired by the expedition's amazing story. The New Zealand Antarctic Society placed a headstone on the grave in 1959. Mrs. Chippy. Mrs Chippy’s voyage was not without incident. Famous | Mrs. Chippy had been stranded in the ocean’s icy waters for a full 10 minutes before the crew was able to rescue the pet. Copyright © 2003-17 Purr 'n' Fur UK, Certain features on these pages use JavaScript, [ Further details of the album and the whole project can be seen at MySpace. When the time came the biologist, Robert Clark, picked up Mrs Chippy and gave him an affectionate hug and stroke. McNish died, destitute, in Wellington, New Zealand, in September 1930, and was buried with full naval honours in an unmarked grave. The candidates interrupted each other during the chippy debate, ... “I have a feeling by the end of this evening I am going to be blamed for everything that has happened,” Mrs. Clinton said. By October 1915 winter had begun to loosen its grip, and at one time hopes were high and it seemed as though Endurance might be able to gain her freedom from the ice and continue her voyage. Direct linking (hotlinking) to ANY images on this site is strictly forbidden. 'The only thing I remember him saying,' says Norris, 'was that Shackleton shot his cat.'. [3], In February 2011, Mrs Chippy and expedition member Perce Blackborow were featured on a postage stamp issued by the South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.[4]. Such perfect courage is, alas, not to be found in our modern age.'. Feline Folios Finally I must highly recommend the marvellous book Mrs Chippy's Last Expedition, by Caroline Alexander (1997, Bloomsbury Publishing, ISBN 07475 3819 0). document.write(""); A novel by Caroline Alexander, Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition : The Remarkable Journal of Shackleton's Polar-Bound Cat, was published by Bloomsbury in 1997. Chris very kindly sent us some photos (below) of the sculpture being admired by visitors, together with one taken beforehand in the bronze-caster's yard (centre) and one in its final position on Henry McNish's grave (second from right). Further examples of Chris Elliott's work can be seen at his website. in what became known as the 'Yangtse Incident' (1949). In 1925 McNish went to Wellington, New Zealand, where he worked on the waterfront until he was injured. The book does not cover this, but if you have inquisitive kids, they might find the actual story quite distressing. With the ship hopelessly lodged in the ice, the crew was forced to abandon ship. or drop in at our Facebook page, Other sections: McNish's surname was and is commonly spelled 'McNeish' — Shackleton himself used it — but his birth certificate revealed it to be McNish, and in 1998 the name of the island was accordingly officially altered. He picked him up roughly by the scruff of the neck and threatened to throw him to the dogs. An aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school … Copyright © Patrick Roberts & Purr 'n' Fur UK 2003-17 Fully and proper tribute cannot be given to the intrepid expeditioners until the photos are posted. “Mrs. when they found he was male, they kept the name. In 1958 the British Antarctic Survey named a small island off South Georgia in his honour: McNeish Island. Ernest Shackleton before 1909. However, by then, everyone was used to the name "Mrs. Chippy," and kept using it. The cat was retrieved by the ship’s biologist, Robert Clark, using one of his sample nets. He eventually decided they would have to head for the nearest land, nearly 350 miles away. I can do worse. To pass the time when stranded for months on the ice the crew played football matches, arranged dog racing events as … McNish was an outspoken, opinionated Scotsman. The modelling of historic models should be given its measure of praise. Named Perce Blackborow, he was not discovered until three days later when the ship was well under way; after giving him a dressing-down in front of the crew, Shackleton let him stay for the duration of the voyage and put him to work. In Captain Frank Worsley’s diary he describes Mrs Chippy climbing the rigging "... exactly after the manner of a seaman going aloft". The CD is available worldwide by ordering from the website, where more information can also be found, and also from other sources such as Amazon. Well you might ask. For an image see our April 2011 stamp review. Circumstances were to change, though, as in mid-January 1915 Endurance became trapped in frozen pack ice from which, despite the best efforts of the crew, she would never escape and which would eventually crush her. The tabby cat -- Mrs. Chippy -- jumped overboard through one of the cabin portholes and the officer on … Not unexpectedly they howled and made a lot of noise, and this rather unnerved the cat at first.