Lewis Raphael Rickinson (1883-1945)
A collection of printed, typescript and manuscript material, the majority relating to Rickinson's career at sea, including his Board of Trade 'Continuous Certificate of Discharge' booklet with entries from 1906 to 1917 (including Frank Wild's autograph entry for Rickinson's period of service on the Endurance (London 30/8/14... London 8)), his certificate of Competency as FIRST CLASS ENGINEER' issued by the Board of Trade, 28 May 1910, Officer's Training Certificate Book (issued to Eng Lieut. Rickinson, 17.6.1918), with Certificate, British passport (issued 1931), and other correspondance including a letter signed by Sir Ernest Henry SHACKLETON, 23 Eldon Street, London, 11 March 1921, 'This is your authority to act for me/in surveying the "FOCA" etc.'.
Lewis Raphael Rickinson (1883-1945), and thence by descent to his granddaughter, the present owner.
Rickinson was Shackleton's Chief Engineer on the Endurance and a newspaper cutting in the present lot summarises his career until then: 'Mr L. Rickinson, late Consulting Engineer to Messrs. Jacobs & Barringer, of 78, Gracechurch Street, E.C., who will accompany the Imperial Transantarctic Expedition as Chief Engineer of the Endurance, is a native of London, and comes of a family of shipping people, his grandfather having been a prominent Whitby ship-owner. Mr. Rickinson went to sea at the age of 20, as fourth engineer on a tramp steamer. Since then he has been with Messrs. Scrutton's Direct Line to the West Indies, Cuban Line and Messrs. C.T. Browning & Co., Ltd. He is a member of the Institute of Marine Engineers'. He joined the navy after the expedition returned to England in 1916 and was demobbed with the rank of Temporary Engineer Lieutenant in March 1919. He set up his own business in 1920 as a naval architect and consulting engineer, remaining on the naval reserve list. He was consulted by Shackleton, surveying the Foca (later Quest) for him in Norway in March 1921. A.J. Kerr, Second Engineer on the Endurance, would sail with Shackleton as Chief Engineer on the Quest in 1921. Rickinson joined up again in the Second World War, rising to Engineer Commander.
He is to be seen in a number of Hurley's famous images of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, both on the Endurance and on Elephant Island. He shared tent no. 5 with Macklin and others on the ice at Ocean and Patience camps and was one of the invalids following the boat journey, disembarking on Elephant Island with 'heart strain'. As the press cuttings in the present lot show, he lectured on the expedition, illustrating his talk with a set of Hurley's lantern slides.