by: Frank Hurley
Hurley and Shackleton sit before the entrance to their tent at Patience Camp. Hurley (left) is skinning a penguin for fuel for the blubber stove between them, which he built.
"We have called our camp Patience Camp,” wrote Lees. Established only 8 miles from Ocean Camp after a week’s backbreaking labor to relocate. Ocean Camp had been established at the location of the crushed Endurance.
It is now January, 1916, and still the pack showed no sign of breaking up. Moreover, the wind had stalled, keeping the crew just short of the 66th parallel. The days and weeks passed with renewed tedium and moody tension.
In August 1914, days before the outbreak of the First World War, the renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: the first crossing on foot of the Antarctic continent. Weaving a treacherous path through the freezing Weddell Sea, they had come within 85 miles of their destination when their ship Endurance was trapped fast in the ice pack. Soon the ship was crushed like matchwood, leaving the crew stranded on the floes. Their ordeal would last for twenty months, and they would make two near-fatal attempts to escape by open boat before their final rescue.
This 8"x10" photograph is matted and sleeved and measures 11"x14". Reproduced from the original glass plate, the finished product is of near perfect quality.
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