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Jenny discovered the remarkable illustrated journals of Thomas Machell in the British Library. She will interweave their adventures as she seeks this forgotten explorer in India's Raj, the South China Sea, Polynesia and Arabia.

Annie Watson, Classics Mistress, Manchester High School for Girls

Annie Watson, aged 34, married Reginald James (the Endurance Expedition's physicist), 45, in Manchester on 23 December 1936.