Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
The first hot food after five days in the boats
Photograph showing eight men standing around a stove, drinking from mugs and tankards. From left to right are: J Ord Lees [engineer]; J Wordie [geologist]; R Clark [biologist]; L Richardson [chief engineer]; L Greenstreet [chief officer]; Howe; Ernest Shackleton; Bakewell; A Kerr [2nd engineer] and Frank Wild
Since leaving South Georgia in December 1915, the crew of the 'Endurance' had just endured six days in open boats without adequate food, water or shelter and Elephant Island-though one of the starkest, most rugged and inhospitable islands in the South Atlantic-was a godsend.