Thursday, 21 October 2021

Polar rower in talk

A NEW exhibition at the River and Rowing Museum captures the story of six men who rowed to the north

A NEW exhibition at the River and Rowing Museum captures the story of six men who rowed to the north pole by manpower alone.

Furthest North tells the story of the Old Pulteney Row To The Pole voyage high into the Arctic, through waters which had never before been explored by a boat under human power.

During the 32-day adventure, the six-man crew, led by veteran rower Jock Wishart, battled against fast-moving ice floes, polar bears, Arctic storms and crippling cold.

They finally reached their destination — the magnetic north pole — after dragging their boat over frozen ice which blocked the final few miles. The journey is documented in a narrative accompanying the photos. The exhibition shows the scale of the endeavour as well as the stark beauty of the Arctic itself.

Jock Wishart, leader of the expedition, says: “The photos really capture the realities of our voyage. In the end we completed a feat never attempted before and, I imagine, one which may not be attempted again for a long time.“

The exhibition is running currently until June 9. Jock Wishart will be giving a talk at the Museum on Saturday, May 18 at 11.30am. Tickets can be booked on (01491) 415600.

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