SCOTT BASE, ANTARCTICA — Three bottles of rare, 19th century whisky found beneath the floorboards of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackelton's abandoned expedition base were returned to the polar continent on Saturday after a distiller flew them to Scotland to recreate the long-lost recipe.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key personally returned the Scotch to Antarctic Heritage Trust officials at a ceremony at New Zealand's Antarctic base on Ross Island. The bottles will be transferred by March from Ross Island to the desolate hut at Cape Royds, where they had been forgotten for 102 years.
Key acknowledged that some would question why the bottles were being replaced beneath the restored hut as part of a programme to protect the legacy of the so-called heroic era of Antarctic exploration from 1898 to 1915.
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