Clark, Robert S.
Green, Charles J.
Hudson, Hubert T.
Hurley, James F. (Frank)
Hussey, Leonard D. A.
James, Reginald W.
Kerr, A. J.
Macklin, Dr. Alexander H.
Marston, George E.
McIlroy, Dr. James A.
Motor Expert and Storekeeper
Shackleton, Ernest H.
Second in Command
Wordie, James M.
The Endurance Expedition
is the most irrepressible optimist I've
ever met," "When I
relieve him at the helm, boat iced and seas
down yr neck, he informs me with a happy
grin, `It's a grand day, sir`"
who had joined the expedition from the merchant
service, McCarthy is one of the six men who
made the journey from Elephant Island to South
Georgia on boards the James Caird, though he
did not cross South Georgia, instead staying
with Vincent and McNish who were not well enough
one of the youngest members of the expedition.
McCarthy was born in the in Lower Cove district
of Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland in 1888,
the son of John and Mary McCarthy. He had
a brother, Mortimer (Morty) who was six
years older and had also been on an Antarctic
expedition, with Scott on the "Terra Nova".
The district where they came from was well
known for producing skilled seamen and fishermen.
to England after the expedition, McCarthy
joined the Royal Navy Reserve as a Leading
Seaman as his service in the First World
War. On Friday 16th March 1917, only three
weeks after returning from South Georgia,
and at the age of 28, he was killed in action
at his gun post on board the S.S. Narragansett,
on his first day under enemy fire. The ship
had been torpedoed between the South West
of Ireland and The Scilly Isles.
down with his ship along with all other
45 hands, he was the first of the Endurance
expedition members to die.
both the McCarthy brothers, Timothy and
Mortimer, were honoured with commissioned
busts by their hometown of Kinsale, which
stand in the town's park close to the
McCarthy in Shackleton's book "South!"
camp I wished to find was one where the
party could live for weeks or even months
in safety, without danger from sea or wind
in the heaviest winter gale. Wild was to
proceed westwards along the coast and was
to take with him four of the fittest men,
Marston, Crean, Vincent, and
If he did not return before dark we were
to light a flare, which would serve him
as a guide to the entrance of the channel.
I finally selected
and Vincent in addition to Worsley and Crean.
The crew seemed a strong one, and as I looked
at the men I felt confidence increasing.
said that he could contrive some sort of
covering for the James Caird if he might
use the lids of the cases and the four sledge-runners
that we had lashed inside the boat for use
in the event of a landing on Graham Land
at Wilhelmina Bay. This bay, at one time
the goal of our desire, had been left behind
in the course of our drift, but we had retained
the runners. The carpenter proposed to complete
the covering with some of our canvas; and
he set about making his plans at once.
The weather was fine
on April 23, and we hurried forward our
preparations. It was on this day I decided
finally that the crew for the James Caird
should consist of Worsley, Crean, McNeish,
Vincent, and myself.
These birds are as sure an indication of
the proximity of land as a lighthouse is,
for they never venture far to sea. We gazed
ahead with increasing eagerness, and at
12.30 p.m., through a rift in the clouds,
caught a glimpse of the black cliffs of
South Georgia, just fourteen days after
our departure from Elephant Island. It was
a glad moment. Thirst-ridden, chilled, and
weak as we were, happiness irradiated us.
The job was nearly done.
Crean and McCarthy
had brought down six more of the young albatrosses
in the afternoon, so we were well supplied
with fresh food.
One side of the James Caird rested on stones
so as to afford a low entrance, and when
we had finished she looked as though she
had grown there.
entered into this work with great spirit.
A sea-elephant provided us with fuel and
meat, and that evening found a well-fed
and fairly contented party at rest in Peggotty
The two men were not capable of managing
for themselves and
must stay to look after them. He might have
a difficult task if we failed to reach the
whaling station. The distance to Husvik,
according to the chart, was no more than
seventeen geographical miles in a direct
line, but we had very scanty knowledge of
the conditions of the interior.
and Vincent had been landed on the Monday
afternoon. They were already showing some
signs of increasing strength under a regime
of warm quarters and abundant food.
the best and most efficient of the sailors,
always cheerful under the most trying circumstances,
and who for these very reasons I chose to
accompany me on the boat journey to South
Georgia, was killed at his gun in the Channel.
Landmarks named after
Feature Type: island
1 mi long, lying in the entrance to King
Haakon Bay on the S side of South Georgia.
Surveyed by the SGS in the period 1951-57,
and named by the UK-APC.
Image of Timothy McCarthy
used permission of Peter McCarthy, Timothy's