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8-11 October, 1921

Saturday 8 October, 1921

J C Bee Mason, in place of Sir Ernest Shackleton, gives a lecture describing the expedition to the Portuguese Boy Scouts Association.

In the evening a dinner is given in honour of Sir Ernest Shackleton by The British Club of Lisbon, presided by Sir Lancelot Carnegie.

Sunday 9 October, 1921

While some of the crew visit Cintra, the American Minister in Lisbon hosts a luncheon for Sir Ernest and his officers.

Shackleton with McIlroy and Wild on RMSP Andes at Lisbon. John Denison-Pender, 1st Baron Pender, is Conservative MP for Balham and Tooting, later becoming chairman of Cable and Wireless Ltd. The commander of Andes is Capt Arthur Porrett Dix. Mr Stanley Rawes is the Lloyds agent in Lisbon

Back in England, Shackleton’s business secretary, James Aloysius Cook visits the Rowetts at Ely Place.

James A Cook, in dark bowler hat, partly obscured by Worsley. John Quiller Rowett, Wild and Daily Mail journalist Valentine Williams to left; Sir Ernest Shackleton at back, right of Worsley. On Quest, back in August 1921.

Monday 10 October, 1921

Shackleton cables from Lisbon to John Rowett: Quest ready for sea but waiting either wind change or drop. Useless burning coal against head sea. Writing you always mindful all you have done and are doing. Deeply pleased your cable. Ernest.

Tuesday 11 October, 1921

After a week in port having the engines and mast serviced, Quest departs Lisbon.

Shackleton writes: “The Quest is now sailing from here. She is in perfect order. I wish to place on record the generous treatment received here from Mr Cannell Parry and his sons, members of a Lisbon firm of shipbuilders, who made good everything at least than the cost of the material and labour. Mr Stanley Rawes, Lloyds Agent, and his staff gave their services as my agents fee of charge. The whole British colony made us at home.  Everyone well. Cheerio

The knocking of the engines begins again. More bad weather.