Lionel Greenstreet – one of Shackleton’s Antarctic explorers

Lionel GREENSTREET (1889-1979) – was the 1st officer aboard the Endurance, which was Ernest Shackleton’s boat during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17), also known as the Endurance Expedition. Lionel Greenstreet served in the merchant navy and joined the Endurance just 24 hours before it left Plymouth, England. The original first officer had resigned in order to join the war effort …

Smuggling in Dover in the 18th and 19th Centuries

The white cliffs soaring high above Dover form a landmark that is visible on all but the darkest of nights. Smuggling was rife in Dover, and by 1745 there were reported to be 400 men involved in the business, with no other obvious source of income. There had been a Customs House in the town since the thirteenth century, and …