Pictures of the Endurance Expedition
Page 1 - The journey to Antarctica and into the the Weddell Sea, the besetting of the Endurance, Winter 1915, the crushing and loss of the ship. pictures page 2
A young Australian photographer Frank Hurley accompanied Shackleton on the Trans-Antarctic Expedition to record events in motion and still pictures. Little was it realised when setting off exactly what an epic tale would be recorded and that amongst the film would be some of the Endurance itself being crushed and sunk by sea-ice. Shackleton had a deal with a London newspaper to sell his story and pictures on his return to England, a legacy of the difficulty in providing funding for the expedition. Hurley for his part planned to sell the photographs and film on his return, so there were pressing financial reasons to return with a good record as well capturing images of history in the making.
As a result almost every stage of the journey is recorded. Some of the photographs are presented here.
Sir Ernest Shackleton Portrait
l to r - Jock Wordie, geologist - Alfred Cheetham, 3rd Officer - Alexander Macklin, doctor
The ice was in convulsion ahead of the ship, and a splitting crash suddenly caused all hands to rush up on deck to find that a crack had opened from the lead ahead and passed along the starboard side to another crack that had opened aft. October 14th 1915
Endurance in ice passing by a large ice berg
Cheetham preparing signal flags
John Vincent AB reparing a net
Tom Crean with puppy quadruplets born to sled dog Sally during the passage south.
The Endurance in young sea-ice. The Endurance easily cuts through the recently frozen, thin sea ice on its journey south through the Weddell Sea.
Trapped in the ice, rime forming on the rigging
Frank Hurley in the rigging with an early cine camera
Leonard Hussey and dog sled team
January 1915, pressure has pushed ice up and over on its self builing an icy boulder field
Bringing the dogs off the ship to their kennels on the sea ice
The deck of the Endurance after a snow-fall
The long, long night, the Endurance in the Antarctic winter darkness, trapped in the Weddell Sea, 27th August 1915.
Scientific equipment at the stern of the Endurance
24th October 1915, The Endurance having sustained damage from the ice that tore out the rudder post and stern post
27th October 1915, The doomed ship, the pressure of many millions of tons of ice pushing the pack made a toy of the helpless vessel.
1st November 1915. The Endurance lies crushed, still above the ice, though shortly to sink. 28 men led by Ernest Shackleton are left in the middle of the Weddell Sea with no hope of rescue.
The men of the Endurance try to salvage what they can from the crushed ship
The ship was dead, her proud timbers were rent apart and scattered in savage confusion. Crushed and sunk to the level of the sea but not yet gone
Frank Wild and the Endurance in the Weddell Sea.
Dump Camp, the morning after the disaster to the ship - the Endurance in the background, this was the first camp on the ice erected hurriedly when the ice started to crush the Endurance.
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Ernest Shackleton Books and Video
South - Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition (1919)
original footage - DVD
Kenneth Branagh (2002) - DVD
Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure (2001)
IMAX dramatization - DVD
The Endurance - Shackleton's Legendary Expedition (2000)
PBS NOVA, dramatization with original footage - DVD
Endurance : Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Alfred Lansing (Preface) - Book
South with Endurance: Frank Hurley - official photographer
South! Ernest Shackleton Shackleton's own words
Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer
Shackleton's Boat Journey: The narrative of Frank Worsley
biography by Roland
The Quest for Frank Wild, biography by Angie Butler
The Endurance : Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
by Caroline Alexander