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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The look out platform at Ocean Camp


Creator: Frank Hurley (1885-1962)
Creation Date: 
Nov 1915
Materials and techniques: 
Silver bromide print
15.3 x 20.5 cm
Presented to King George V by Sir Ernest Shackleton, 1917

Photograph showing three men (Shackleton first from the right) standing next to a tent from which a man is emerging. On a platform behind, a man looks through a pair of binoculars, while the Union Jack presented by the King flies above the Royal Clyde Yacht Club burgee behind him.

Shackleton wished to create a feeling of comfort and security while the party was camped on the ice. As well as a proper galley for the cook, they built a lookout platform as a focal point for the camp, and hoisted King George V’s Union Jack to keep up the men’s spirits.

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