By: Frank Hurley
The great ship caught in a pressure crack. October 19, 1915. "At 4:45 pm slowly but surely the ship heeled right over to port: all sorts of weird noises came up from the engine room, and then with a rush all the unsecured dog kennels slid down to leeward and She took a list of fully 30º in 5 seconds. It's an ill wind that blows nobody good and Hurley was immediately out on the floe photographing the ship from every possible position." (Wordie, diary)
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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