British Imperial Antarctic Expedition
Shackleton Nimrod - 1907-1909
Photographs on this page courtesy of Craig Berry from the album of his grandfather Victor Berry, Able Seaman on the Nimrod Expedition. "Largest picture size" links are to the unoptimized original.
The crews Fou, Fou band
A "fou fou" band was an informal group that performed in a pantomime style including some of the men dressing as women and acting as stereotypes.
Bos'un Cheetham. Seaman Ellis
Alfred Cheetham (l) 3rd officer and boatswain, Ernest Ellis (r) able seaman.
Hancock the chief steward
How Lieut. Shackleton Will Attempt to Reach the South Pole by Motor Car
An artistic impression from a newspaper, and as it happened, a very fanciful version of events, the car proved very unreliable and of very limited use.
Ernest W. Ellis, Able Seaman.
Sir Philip Brocklehurst (with his back to the deck house) enjoying a yarn with Wild, and Marston the artist.
Sir Philip Lee Brocklehurst, assistant geologist, Frank Wild, in charge of provisions, George Edward Marston, artist.
Dr. Marshall cutting Joyce's hair, Marston (artist) looking on
Dr. Eric Stewart Marshall, surgeon, cartographer, Ernest Joyce, general store man, dogs, sledges, zoological collections, George Edward Marston
The Bearded Lady
Lieut. Shackleton and Captain England
Ernest Shackleton, Expedition leader (r ), Lieutenant Rupert England (l), R.H.R., ships Master.
Mr. Buckley. Lieut Adams. Dr. Mc Kay
George Alexander McLean Buckley, visitor, Lyttleton to Antarctic returned on the Koonya, Jan-March 1908. Jameson Boyd Adams, second in command and meteorologist, Dr. Alistair Forbes Mackay, assistant surgeon. In the rigging of the Nimrod, Koonya in the background.
3rd Engineer taking a breather.
Hugh McGowan - third engineer, later second engineer, Born 1875, Armagh, Ireland
Prof. Cotton. Breaking up Lava from Mount Erebus. Mr. Mc. Intosh 2nd. Officer who had his eye knocked out. And Dr. Machel ships surgeon.
Leo Arthur Cotton, geologist, visitor, Lyttleton to Antarctic and back, Jan-March 1908. Aeneas Lionel Acton Mackintosh, second officer, during the unloading of cargo he was struck by a hook leading to the loss of his right eye and his subsequent return to New Zealand, though he did return to Antarctica in 1909 in the latter stages of the expedition. Dr. William Arthur Rupert Michell (mis-spelt on the photograph caption).
The S.Y. "Nimrod" B.A.E. 1907 to 1909. and her Crew
S.Y. = Steam Yacht, B.A.E. = British Antarctic Expedition.
A view of the Poop from the crows nest
The poop deck is the rearmost and highest deck of a ship, the crow's nest is a look out point near the top of the main mast.
On the way back to the ship for another load
A Manchurian pony and sled used for unloading stores and equipment from the Nimrod.
Prof. David snapping an Emperor Penguin
Tannat William Edgeworth David, the oldest member of the expedition aged 50 at the start, director of scientific staff, geologist.
Pony drawing sledge back to the ship for another load. Adelie Penguins in the foreground
The "Nimrod" returning to Cape Royds after being at sea in a blizzard for four days
Mr Day the Motor driver
Bernard Day was in charge of the first motor vehicle taken to Antarctica, a 4 cylinder, 15 horsepower Arrol-Johnston car.
Victor Berry Able Seaman.
There were 2 Able Seamen on the Nimrod with the surname of Bull, Alfred B. Bull and Henry B. Bull, it is not clear which one this is.
Deck view after the blizzard.
Ice and snow accumulation on the deck of the Nimrod, figure unknown.
"Nimrod" and escorts leaving Lyttleton Jan 1st 1908. for the South.
2 passenger craft behind the Nimrod and the stern end of a third just in the right side of the picture. About 50,000 people from Lyttleton and beyond turned out to see her departure.
The Motor Car That Will Be Used In The Expedition, from a newpaper cutting
The Arrol-Johnston Ice Motor Car has been made for Lieut. Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition. It has a 12-15 h.p. air cooled engine. A pipe from the exhaust goes under the footboard and acts as a footwarmer and also passes through a small tank for the purpose of melting snow for domestic purposes. The back wheels are shod with round bars of iron to grip the snow and when the surface is hard and slippery, spikes can be screwed to the wheels into holes specially made for the purpose. The front wheels have solid rubber tyres and are mounted on runners. The engine is 12 - 15 h.p. air-cooled, and without water jackets, as in that temperature it is impossible to use water.
The Nimrod in Pack Ice
Esquimaux Dogs on the Nimrod
On the Nimrod
Victor Berry, Able Seaman on far right, identities of the others unknown.
James Paton, leading seaman.
James Paton, leading seaman. Somewhat different conditions on the deck of the Nimrod to those in his first picture above.
Lieut. Shackleton, The Commander of the Expedition, and Mr. E. Joyce, Who Will be in Charge of the Dogs
Under Sail in the Tropics
Under Sail in the Tropics
I have neatened these up and presented them as best I can in the manner I thought the photographer would appreciate. The originals were all sepia toned as a result of the photographic processes at the time, in some cases I have removed the tone where significant discolouration has taken place over the years so degrading the image quality and presented the pictures in black and white for greater clarity. The "Largest picture size" links have a large file that is closest to the originals. I appreciate that this is not a faithful reproduction of the pictures as they are today, but then no-one takes photos wanting them to be seen as they would be after over 100 years of discolouration, so apologies to historians and a nod to the photographers.