Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
The bi-weekly ablutions of the 'Ritz'
Photograph of (from left to right) James Wordie (1889-1962), Alfred Cheetham (1867-1918) and Alexander Macklin (1889-1967) scrubbing the patterned floor of the between decks quarters of "Endurance".
Following the onset of winter and the transformation of Endurance into a scientific station, the main cargo hold was emptied and turned into a communal living space for the men, nicknamed the ’Ritz’. The traditional Antarctic Christmas on Midwinter’s Day (22 June) saw the ’Ritz’ transformed for a cabaret, featuring satirical speeches, songs, poems and even a drag act.