Our Ernest Shackleton Watch Cap and Winter Beanie Knit Cap is available in 100% Wool and is the perfect Ski Cap
This Warm Winter Cap and Knit Stocking Hat pays tribute to Ernest Shackleton and is Made in the USA by American Bench Craft at our New England Workshop in Wilmington, MA just North of Boston
One of the greatest survival stories of all time, our riveted leather patch bears an emblem of Ernest Shackleton’s ship, The Endurance, trapped in the Antarctic ice.
Shackleton and his men set out in 1914 to be the first to trek across the South Pole. Before reaching land, their ship became trapped in the ice flow and was eventually crushed and destroyed. Thus began a brutal year long journey to seek rescue and survive the brutal frigid environment. Shackleton took a small group of men, hiked hundreds of miles across the continent and eventually found a whaling village where he was able to charter a new ship and rescue the rest of his crew. He did not lose a single man.
The seemingly impossible survival of his entire crew is often credited to the recruitment ad that Shackleton placed in the London newspapers. He made no false promises of a great adventure, intriguing work, or noteworthy experiences. His ad read, “Men Wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success.” He recruited only the toughest men, and it is that toughness and sheer perseverance that got his crew through this ordeal.
The sturdy leather patch is riveted to the cap with solid brass rivets making it as durable as it is stylish.
Choose Acrylic or Wool
The acrylic version is soft, lightweight, and suitable for any climate. It comes in black, navy, charcoal, olive drab, and light grey. The wool version is a genuine government-issue product made to rigorous Department of Defense specifications for cold climates. It’s available in black, navy, and olive drab.
Whether you’re shopping for hats for cold weather or lightweight stocking caps you can wear year round, our Shackleton Edition Riveted Watch Cap belongs on your head!