Who is Frank Wild?
The BBC has celebrated the life and achievements of an underappreciated legend of polar discovery. Yorkshire’s Frank Wild was Ernest Shackleton’s trusted deputy on a range of daring adventures, including the legendary Nimrod expedition to Antarctica.
In November 2011, Wild’s newly found remains were transported back to South Georgia, scene of some his most impressive escapades and a place very close to his heart. The voyage took on extra poignancy, as Wild’s ashes were interred at the site of Shackleton’s grave in Grytviken, South Georgia. Fittingly, Wild’s final resting place maintained his position as Shackelton’s trusty “right hand man.”
Frank Wild: Antarctica’s Forgotten Hero has screened on BBC2 in various regions but is unfortunately no longer available, but you can watch a short video about his final burial on YouTube.
Wild’s ashes were transported on board the Akademik Ioffe, a vessel that we can book for your Antarctic cruise in 2012-13.
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