Editor says, what if Shackleton's Nimrod-expedition had stumbled across something else than just ice? muses Dirk Puehl. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Dirks Blog thread.
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Editor says, what actually happened to Shackleton, his crew and the "Nimrod" remains a mystery. Rumour has it that the wreck in the pack ice had her masts shorn off, not broken, like the pressure on the hull would lead to expect. Her superstructure was covered in a greenish substance that emitted a glow even in frozen condition, members of her crew allegedly encapsulated in the fluorescent. Besides that, Amundsen's family is supposed to have donated artefacts to Borgarsyssel Museum in his native Sarpsborg after his death that might hint to the discovery of Shackleton's base camp on the Antarctic mainland by Amundsen, among them several bottles of MacInlay's Rare Old Highland Malt and bas-reliefs found on the spot by Shackleton and his crew. None of these items are displayed and Borgarsyssel Museum continuously denies their existence. However, after the extensive nuclear tests the US and USSR conducted in the area of Mount Erebus and Cape Royds in 1957 and 1959 respectively, the fate of Shackleton will in all probability remain a mystery forever. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.