My family legend has it
that my great uncle Victor Berry sailed on the Nimrod
with Shackleton. Not long ago, searching through family
photos, I came across a photo of two sailors (which I
had seen before but not looked at closely). Under a
magnifier, much to my surprise I read the name 'Nimrod'
on their hats. This seems to confirm the family legend
and they could well be standing on the Nimrod.
I would be very interested to see if Victor Berry exists
on any crew list for the Nimrod
It seems that your
family legend is correct.
Victor Berry - born 1883, London - Able Seaman, sailed
from London 1907 to Lyttleton NZ and then to Antarctica
and back to Lyttleton Jan-Mar 1908.
Any chance of a scan of the photograph?
Paul Ward - webmaster CoolAntarctica
much for your reply. I attach a copy of the photo.
Underneath the figures are their names written in
inverted script. It must have been written on the back
of the negative. Victor is the left hand figure and the
other is a Walter Spice of whom I know nothing. I get
the impression that this must have been an official
photograph. Perhaps the Nimrod is recognisable fro the
When I was a child I remember that my Grandparents had a
framed picture on the wall of about 20 or so sailors
assembled in front of a mast on a ship. I'm sure that I
was told that it was the Nimrod.
According to my father's written memories, Victor was a
'pier head jump' taking the place of someone who went
sick. He later became a Master Mariner but during the
slump, took a job with the London Fumigation Co. but
died due to an accident with a gas mask.
I am so delighted that our family legend is authentic.
Many, many thanks for you information. I hope the photo