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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The nightwatchman spins a yarn

Overview

Creator: Frank Hurley (1885-1962)
Creation Date: 
1915
Materials: 
Silver bromide print
Dimensions: 
15.5 x 20.4 cm (image)
RCIN 
2580077
Acquirer: King George V, King of the United Kingdom (1865-1936)
Provenance: 
Presented to King George V, 1917
Description:

Photograph of five of the crew gathered around a stove aboard "Endurance". Frank Wild (1873-1939) in the centre, smokes a pipe.

After Endurance became a winter station in February 1915, Shackleton abandoned the usual system of watches. The single nightwatchman had little to do, apart from tending the dogs and observing ice movements. It was private leisure time, to read, or do some washing, but often became a social occasion as shown here, as the men gather companionably round the fire.

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Category: 
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