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A rare diary, that could help today’s weather students understand climate change today, has been presented to St. John’s college following a major fundraising project by a Cambridgeshire property company.

Endurance Estates made the presentation of a diary kept by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s geologist, Sir James Wordie, a former fellow and master of the college. Wordie’s grandson Alan, was also on hand to make the presentation of the diary which has been in the family since the heroic attempt, led by Shackleton, to cross the Antarctic continent between 1914-16.

Tim Holmes, of Endurance Estates, left, and Alan Wordie, right, present a copy of the diaries of James M Wordie from his travels between 1914-1916 to Adam Crothers from St John's College Library during an event which also celebrated the 10th anniversary of Endurance Estates
Tim Holmes, of Endurance Estates, left, and Alan Wordie, right, present a copy of the diaries of James M Wordie from his travels between 1914-1916 to Adam Crothers from St John's College Library during an event which also celebrated the 10th anniversary of Endurance Estates

When the ship became icebound, Wordie was among those stranded on Elephant Island while Shackleton rowed 800 miles to South Georgia to secure the rescue.



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