Here’s a simple summary courtesy of me wife—
Thomas Crean (1877-1938) was a member of three expeditions to Antarctica on three different ships, the Discovery (1901-1904), the Terra Nova (1910-1913 with Captain Scott), and the Endurance (1914-1916 with Captain Ernest Shackleton). Note the three windows on the front of the pub.
On the second disastrous voyage, Crean walked 35 miles alone across the Ross Ice Shelf to save the life of crewman Edward Evans. On his third voyage, the ship sank and the crew spent about 10 months drifting on the ice after which Crean and others journeyed 800 nautical miles to seek help for the stranded party. His exploits in general seem super-human.In 1917, Crean married, had three daughters and opened a small public house which he named The South Pole Inn. Apparently, he never spoke about his exploits again, not even to his two surviving children who only learned about his heroism late in life.
So here’s to you TC— slainte (Gaelic for ‘health’, the usual toast in Ireland, and its pronounced slancha).