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Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition

Created: 04.12.12

Photographs taken by James Francis 'Frank' Hurley on Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-16.


  • Name
  • Artist / Maker
  • Date made
  • ID
  • Hurley, James Francis
    1917
    PR1965-219
    A view along the shore with penguins in the foreground, South Georgia

    Looking along the coast across a snow covered beach towards a high cliff. In the foreground penguins can be seen on the slope and snow field below. It is believed that this photograph was taken by Hurley on his return…

  • Hurley, James Francis
    Circa spring 1915
    PR1965-219
    Looking across newly formed ice with 'Endurance' (1912) on the distant horizon

    A view across newly formed ice in a lead with Endurance' (1912), a wooden auxiliary Discovery vessel, on the distant horizon. The ice formation was referred to as 'ice flowers' because of the way that it formed on the water.

  • Hurley, James Francis
    November - late December 1915
    PR1965-219

    A general view of Ocean Camp sometime after its establishment on abandoning 'Endurance' (1912) on 28 October 1915. Most of the dog-sledges are ready packed in the foreground with the dogs in harness. The left hand sledge is unpacked being…

  • Hurley, James Francis
    Circa late June 1915
    PR1965-219
    'Endurance' (1912) in the ice

    A port bow view of Endurance' (1912), a wooden auxiliary Discovery vessel, in the ice with a list to starboard. The ship can be seen with a covering of ice on the masts, yards and rigging. In the foreground, and…

  • Hurley, James Francis
    1915
    PR1965-219
    A dog-sledge at rest, with 'Endurance' (1912) in the background

    A view across the broken ice floes towards 'Endurance' (1912), a wooden auxiliary discovery barquentine, in the far background. In the foreground is the dog-sledge Hurley was using that day to move equipment when taking photographs. The seven dogs are…

  • Hurley, James Francis
    circa February 1915
    PR1965-219
    Two crab-eater seals on the ice, Weddell Sea

    Two crab-eater seals lying on the ice. Scars can be seen on the side of the furthest seal, possibly from killer whales. Both seals were later killed and added to the stock of fresh meat for the men and dogs.