Project Partners

Bark Europa

We simply could not have achieved the voyage in the ethos of the original Quest expedition without Bark Europa as a partner. Helping to sail a 110 year old Dutch Bark added a whole extra level of adventure to the endeavour.


Sam Payne’s personal project involved the launch of a number of Argo floats in the Southern Ocean. Argo is an international program that measures water properties across the world’s ocean using a fleet of robotic instruments that drift with the ocean currents and move up and down between the surface and a mid-water level. Each instrument (float) spends almost all its life below the surface. The name Argo was chosen because the array of floats works in partnership with the Jason earth observing satellites that measure the shape of the ocean surface. (In Greek mythology Jason sailed on his ship the Argo in search of the golden fleece).

British Antarctic Survey

British Antarctic Survey loaned us a vintage Nansen Net which we deployed in the waters of Antarctica to take water samples to analyse for traces of Krill larvae.

Lady Daphne Thames Barge

Since 2019 the ReQuest2021 team have partnered with the Lady Daphne Thames Barge and have completed over 1500 hours of volunteer maintenance work on the vessel. It was used on Friday 17th September 2021 to reconstruct the ‘Quest‘ sailing under Tower Bridge.

About to lock in to St. Katharine Docks

Athy Heritage Centre Shackleton Museum

Partnering with the Athy Heritage Centre Shackleton Museum allowed Alan Noake to present at their annual conference which contributed towards our 8th project objective: To celebrate and pay respects to the achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

The James Caird Society (& Dulwich College)

The James Caird Society and Dulwich College were very supportive of our epic Shackleton Row-A-Thon. We launched the event with rowing machines either side of the original James Caird Lifeboat.

Devon and Cornwall Polar Society

Alan and Sam represented the REQUEST2021 team at the Devon & Cornwall Polar Society Shackleton Quest Centenary event in Plymouth. A new blue plaque was unveiled to commemorate the Quest sailing from Plymouth on 24th September 1921.

The Burns Club of London

We are indebted to The Burns Club of London who assisted us in repeating history when 100 years after Scouts Marr & Mooney were presented with Burns poetry books each of the REQUEST2021 team received a similar gift.

Antarctic Quest 21

The ReQuest2021 team also partnered with another polar project – Antarctic Quest 21 which also took place early in 2022. There is certainly a common ethos shared between the two projects.

The Antarctic Quest 21 expedition is all about highlighting the values and the spirit of the heroic pioneers of Antarctic Exploration and in particular Sir Ernest Shackleton. It is also about undertaking a journey that will allow the team to contribute to the scientific understanding of what is happening in Antarctica and what this means to every one of us. Finally, it is about extending that knowledge to future generations so that they may also be inspired by the science and adventure of what our forebears have done.

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