The Shackleton Legacy

‘I hold that a man should strive to the uttermost for his life’s set prize.’

Shackleton is built on the powerful shoulders of polar titan Sir Ernest Shackleton with the invaluable support of his granddaughter The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton.


Sir Ernest's life and achievements and leadership in crisis are legendary. His values of optimism, courage and comradeship are examples to us all - read about what drove him in our journal here.

Headquartered in London, Shackleton is here to inspire and equip our clients to go out and experience the world’s most extreme and incredible places. Our mission is to create expedition-grade performance products with the highest levels of craftsmanship and luxury refinement, as demanded by a wide variety of adventurers from record-breaking explorers to ultra-travellers, frequent flyers and city breakers.

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The Shackleton Company’s emblem will already be familiar to the many people around the world who are interested in the life and achievements of my Grandfather, Sir Ernest Shackleton. On the evening before his death on board Quest in frozen South Georgia, Shackleton wrote in his diary:

‘In the darkening twilight I saw a lone star hover, gem-like above the bay.’

The next morning, 5th January 1922, he died of a heart attack, aged 48. Shackleton's gravestone in the whalers’ cemetery at Griytviken bears a nine-pointed star - a personal motif that Sir Ernest used throughout his life as a guide and inspiration.

Shackleton's Grave

On the reverse of the stone is perhaps the clearest summation of how Sir Ernest thought about life:

‘I hold that a man should strive to the uttermost for his life’s set prize.’


This is the message carved on the headstone in that wild and lonely place I have been so many times. The words offer us clear direction: we must all seek and find our own prize. We must follow our own star. For my Grandfather this was Antarctic exploration, for the rest of us, these words are an inspiration to strive and strive again for whatever is our own personal Antarctic.

- The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton


What makes Shackleton unique?
Read Ben Saunders' Exclusive Interview with Alexandra Shackleton about her Grandfather's enduring legacy