Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
The look out platform at Ocean Camp
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.