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Centenary of rescue of Shackleton's crew celebrated in Chile

100th anniversary of the rescue by pilot Luis Pardo of Shackleton’s crew from Elephant Island marked at the British residence.

A reception was held in the British residence on Wednesday 25 May to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the rescue by the Chilean pilot Luis Pardo, of the Armada de Chile, of Shackleton’s crew from Elephant Island. The event was organised in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Chile, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Muñoz, Ambassador Fiona Clouder and Camilla Nichol, Chief Executive of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, welcomed a wide range of Chilean and International dignitaries, ambassadors and delegates from the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting held in Santiago this week.

The Residence provided the perfect backdrop to showcase historical film footage and photographs of Shackleton’s expedition and the heroic rescue by Piloto Pardo and the crew of the Yelcho. The evening included a speech from Ambassador Fernando Pardo, on behalf of the Pardo family.

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