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Start of the Coldest Journey

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One of the joys of living on the Isle of Dogs is that West India Docks  are still used by vessels and when it gets busy you get a little bit of the excitement of what it was like when it was a working dock.

One of our latest visitors is the expedition ship SA Agulhas.

On 6th December, the SA Agulhas will set off from London on what will be the start of the world’s first ever attempt to cross the Antarctic in winter.

The 2000-mile  winter traverse of the Antarctic is considered the last great polar challenge, the expedition will be  led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes – with the six man team exposing themselves to temperatures dropping close to -90c and operating in near permanent darkness.

A fund-raising initiative will run side-by-side with the expedition with the aim of raising $10m for Seeing is Believing to help fight blindness around the world.

Having never been attempted, the expedition will also provide unique and invaluable scientific research that will help climatologists, as well as forming the basis for an education programme that will reach up to 100,000 schools.

Coming on the centenary of the death of Scott in his ill fated polar adventure, we wish them all the best.

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The Ship in it’s more usual environment

If you want to find out more visit  about the expediton click here ,where you can if you wish  donate to the Seeing is Believing charity

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