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The RRS Ernest Shackleton was built by Kverner Klevin Leirvik A/S, Norway as the MV Polar Queen for the Rieber Shipping of Bergen in 1995. She was deployed in the Antarctic by other national programmes before being aquired by The British Antarctic Survey in August 1999. The vessel was renamed RRS Ernest Shackleton after Sir Ernest Shackleton, the famed Polar Explorer.

For more information, read about the RRS Ernest Shackleton.