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Nimrod was a king of Babylon mentioned in the Book of Genesis in the Bible. Nimrod is credited as building the Tower of Babel. Some historians think the Biblical name corrisponds to the Mesopotamian king Ninus; others think the name "Nimrod" is derived from the Mesopotanian deity Marduk.


The Nimrod was the ship used by Ernest Shackleton in his 1908 Antarctic expedition for the South Pole. It was a 41-year-old schooner which had been used to hunt seals. Shackleton, who paid £5,000 for the ship, had it re-rigged as a barkentine[?]. It also had a steam engine, but had a top speed of only six knots under this power.



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