Pictures of the Endurance Expedition
Page 2 - Dump Camp, Ocean Camp and Patience Camp on the
sea-ice, escape by boat to Elephant Island, Shackleton's
boat journey to South Georgia, Life on Elephant Island, attempted
and eventually successful rescue of all the Endurance crew.
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Two of the crew amongst ice ridges that had been pushed up by the pressure from the pack
The tents at the camp were intended for use in crossing the continent of Antarctica which was the aim of the expedition before the Endurance was sunk
Climbing up a pressure ridge, this was horizontal floating ice that was pushed up by some distant wind or storm exerting pressure on the ice
Patience Camp, Weddell Sea - Frank Hurley, left, and Sir Ernest Shackleton, right, in front of their small tent.
Observation platform built from wood salvaged from the crushed Endurance, used for spotting openings in the ice, seals and penguins and for taking sightings on the sun (as here) to determine position and drift.
23rd December 1915 - Setting out on an attempt to cross the pack ice and start to make toward land, safety and an emergency store of provisions. The attempt was abandonded after 6 days as progress was so slow and so physically exhausting.
At night the boats were drawn up on to an ice-raft and a blubber fire kindled to warm frozen bodies. overhead the Aurora Australis flamed and waned. Composite image of photograph by Hurley and drawing by George Marston.
The boats are hauled up on to a friendly floe to rest the party, and to prepare food. Men on an ice-floe among many thousands in the Weddell Sea, with heavy clouds. Composite photograph and detail of drawing by George Marston.
Shackleton and Frank Wild on arrival on Elephant Island
After five days and nights in the boats, the men are eventually on solid land. At last they can have hot food and as much water as they want, they eat and drink and eat and drink for the rest of the day
The launching of the James Caird from Elephant Island. Shackleton and five others setting out to reach South Georgia 800 miles away across the stormiest seas in the world, this was to become one of the most incredible small boat journeys of all time.
Those remaining on Elephant Island wave goodbye to the small party going for rescue
The two upturned boats that formed the "Snuggery" or the "Sty". A view of the interior of the makeshift hut on Elephant Island. Composite of photograph and drawing by George Marston. Inside measurements: 18 feet by 9 feet by 5 feet at its highest point. Twenty-two men lived in this hut for four and a half months.
Home on Elephant Island was built of two upturned boats laid side by side, twenty two men lived like semi-frozen sardines within its cramped, dark interior.
After an arduous journey but made much more quickly than anticipated, the boat is in sight of the goal, nearing South Georgia. Drawn from material supplied by the boat party Photograph of drawing possibly by George Marston.
Arrival at King Haakon Bay, South Georgia
A newspaper article reporting the rescue of Shackleton's men from Elephant Island, Shackleton, left and Luis A. Pardo, captain of the rescue vessel "Yelcho" at right
The "Yelcho" a steam tug lent to Shackleton by the Chilean government to rescue his men, prior to the actual rescue it had been used to tow the schooner "Emma" part way to Elephant Island on a failed rescue mission. The rescue took place at the fourth attempt.
Elephant Island party in Punta Arenas
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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