Carl Spencer dead after dive on Britannic

Nov 29, 2005
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Thank you Inger. Here is more information about an additional tribute.

I was proud to sponsor Carl for membership in The Explorers Club, and even more proud when he was awarded the privilege of carrying a very special and historic Flag on the Britannic expedition. That he was entrusted with such a special Flag was a testament to the high regard with which he was held by the Club. Moreover, these flags are almost never retired, and it is even more rare for a Flag to be retired and dedicated to an individual explorer. Carl now joins the ranks of Thor Heyerdahl and a select few astronauts and mountaineers.

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Carl Spencer to be honoured by New York based Explorers Club.

In a statement issued yesterday, The Explorers Club, of which Mr Spencer was a respected and enthusiastic member, confirmed that he is to be formally recognised for his lifetime achievements.

It reads: Carl Spencer was a highly regarded member of The Explorers Club, an international society of professional explorers founded in 1904 and based in New York City. The Club's members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts — first to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the Moon — often carrying one of 202 specially numbered Club flags, each with its own unique history.

As recognition for his significant accomplishments as an explorer and the extreme difficulty of his expedition, Carl had been awarded the privilege of carrying The Explorers Club Flag to the HMHS Britannic. Now the Club is considering an appropriate way to permanently pay tribute to Carl’s outstanding achievements and his substantial contributions to exploration.

In a later statement it was confirmed that flag number #68, which began its career in 1937 and has twice voyaged into space aboard the Space Shuttle, traveled with Carl and his team to HMHS Britannic and will now be retired permanently and enshrined in his name at The Explorers Club headquarters in New York.

A fitting tribute to a genuinely world-class explorer.