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South! by Sir Ernest
I. Into the Weddell
Sea | II. New
Land | III.
Winter Months |
IV. Loss of the
V. Ocean Camp |
VI. The March Between
| VII. Patience
Camp | VIII.
Escape From the Ice |
IX. The Boat Journey
| X. Across South
Georgia | XI.
The Rescue |
XII. Elephant Island
| XIII. The Ross
Sea Party |
XIV. Wintering in McMurdo Sound |
XV. Laying the
Depots | XVI.
The Aurora's Drift |
XVII. The Last
Relief | XVIII.
The Final Phase
Appendix 1: Scientific Work | Sea-Ice Nomenclature | Meteorology | Physics | South Atlantic Whales and Whaling Appendix 2: The Expedition Huts at McMurdo Sound Pictures: page 1 | page 2 | page 3 | page 4 | page 5 | page 6 Summary (4 pages) of the Trans Antarctic Expedition | Selected pictures at larger size
The First Landing Ever Made on Elephant Island, April 15th 1916
More than 15 months after the Endurance was first trapped in the pack ice, the crew set foot on dry land
We Pulled the Three Boats a Little Higher on the Beach
The James Caird, the Dudley Docker and the Stancomb Wills, after the first landing on Elephant Island.
Rough Sketch Map of Landing Place and First Camp at C. Valentine, Elephant Island
Landing on Elephant Island is a difficult task at any time, there are shoals in the sea, steep cliffs surrounding the island and the waves are frequently large and dangerous
The First Drink and Hot Food for Three and a Half Days
On arrival on Elephant Island, cooking had been impossible in the boats on the ocean and fresh water was in short supply
Mount Frank Houlder, Elephant Island
The highest point on Elephant Island.
Launching the James Caird
from Elephant Island. Setting out to reach South Georgia 800 miles away across the stormiest seas in the world was to become one of the most incredible small boat journeys of all time.
The Stancomb Wills
In Sight of Our Goal - Sighting South Georgia
The James Caird was taken on the journey as it was the boat in best repair. Any resources the crew had left from the Endurance were used to make it more sea-worthy, including cannibalizing some wood from the other boats.
Landing on South Georgia
Composite photograph of the scene and a drawing of the men pulling up the boat onto the shore in King Haakon Bay.
On arrival at South Georgia the 6 man crew of the James Caird were exhausted and made a camp in a cave they found. The "Albatross on nests" as marked gave them excellent sustenance.
Surrounding of King Haakon Bay
Plan of Sleeping Berths in Cave
After living on ice floes and in a drenched boat from Elephant Island, the dry cave lined with grass was of the highest luxury even if it was cramped.
Sea Elephants on South Georgia
Sea Elephants or Elephant Seals are common on this island and were the target of commercial sealing for many years. About half the world's population lives on or around South Georgia.
The Cliffs we Descended Whilst Crossing the Island
Shackleton , Crean and Worsley set off to cross the Island of South Georgia, they had landed on the wrong side to the whaling stations and were the first people ever to attempt such a crossing.
One of the Glaciers we Crossed
A Typical View in South Georgia
Rough Memory Map of Route Across South Georgia
Drawn after arrival in Stromness whaling station
Panorama of South Georgia
Sometimes known as "The Alps in Mid Ocean" South Georgia is a very ruggedly beautiful place.
A Chilean steamer that rescued the rest of the crew from Elephant Island, the was the fourth attempt that Shackleton had made to reach his stranded men.
Arrival at Punta Arenas With the Rescued Men
On arrival in Chile, the crew of the Endurance became celebrities and crowds gathered to see them.
Frank Wild, Second in Command in the Expedition
Digging a shelter in a snow bank on Elephant Island
The Hut on Elephant Island
For the men awaiting rescue on Elephant Island, home was the two remaining lifeboats upturned and laid side by side, twenty two men lived like semi-frozen sardines within its cramped, dark interior.
View of the Interior of Hut on Elephant Island
Composite photograph and drawing of the "Snuggery" or the "Sty". Inside measurements: 18 feet by 9 feet by 5 feet at its highest point. Twenty-two men lived in this hut on two levels for four and a half months.