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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The freezing of the sea

Overview

Creator: Herbert George Ponting (1870-1935) (photographer)
Creation Date: 
Apr 1911
Materials: 
Carbon print
Dimensions: 
74.6 x 58.1 cm (image)
RCIN 
2580013
Acquirer: King George V, King of the United Kingdom (1865-1936)
Provenance: 
Presented to King George V, 1914
Description:

Photograph of a thin film of new ice covering the sea with ice blocks in the foreground. The Barne Glacier can be seen in the distance.

This view, looking from Cape Evans towards Cape Barne on Ross Island, shows the moment when the sea began to freeze. The men would have realised that they could no longer leave Antarctica. Once winter began, no ships would be able to reach them to bring in supplies or to take anyone out.

Further details

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Photographs