A Quick-Look at Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition - An illustrated account from the ship being stuck, sinking and then escape and rescue.

Shackleton Endurance Expedition
Quick-Look
An illustrated overview - more quick looks

A brief introduction to the story of Shackleton's Endurance expedition from 1914-1917. 35 images with simple captions and links to the larger picture page as a slide-show. The expedition in more detail here


Slide Pack - Start slideshow here


2 - Frank Wild in polar gear
, a studio portrait taken in England before he left with Shackleton for Antarctica in 1914.

3 - Tom Crean on the ship Endurance
with some sledge dog pups born during the journey from England to Antarctica.




10 - We had side-splitting fun this evening
. Everyone had their hair cut close. Rickinson had very handsome dark wavy hair and didn't want it cut off, so he told Sir Ernest that he could cut it if he would then let him cut his.

11 - Night watch on the ship is a lonely time, it is good to get back to the Endurance
after my rounds of the ship and of the ice near the ship in the winter night.

12 - Hurley photographed the ship in the long winter night using 20 flashes
, 27th of August 1915. He half blinded himself, stumbled into snow drifts and banged his shins in the process!


13 - Our ship Endurance in the middle of winter 1915
, stuck in the pack ice, we have had 24 hours of darkness for months.

15 - A fright as moving ice pushed the Endurance over,
this time we were lucky as it came upright again, this might not happen next time.

Endurance salvage crushed ship
16 - The ship is slowly being crushed by the ice,
we salvage as many contents and materials as we can.
Frank Wild and Endurance
17 - The ship is dead,
crushed and held in place by the ice itself.
Ocean Camp, 15th December 1915
18 - Ocean Camp,
we now live in a village of tents and salvaged materials on the sea-ice far from land.


19 - Frank Hurley (left) and Ernest Shackleton (right)
camping on ice hundreds of miles from land after the Endurance had sunk, 1915.


3 lifeboats making through the ice strewn seas
25 - We try to stay together as far as we can,
though can't all go at the same speed, a mixture of ice floes and bergs make the sailing dangerous.
The launching of the James Caird
27 - Launching the lifeboat James Caird from Elephant Island.
Shackleton and five others are setting out to reach South Georgia 800 miles away across the stormiest seas in the world to bring rescue.
Snuggery - Elephant Island
29 - We now live under two upturned boats,
a place we have called the "Snuggery" or the "Sty". It is 18 feet by 9 feet by 5 feet at the highest point, twenty-two of us live in here.


Shackleton Endurance
34 - The "Yelcho"
a steam tug lent to Shackleton by the Chilean government to rescue his men.
Elephant Island party in Punta Arenas
35 - Rescued!
- the men from Elephant Island safely in Punta Arenas, southern Chile.