Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
The boat shelter on Elephant Island
Photograph showing the 'Dudley Docker' and the 'Stancomb Wills' upside down and fringed with remains of tents. A man is visible in the distance.
After attempts to dig ice caves, the men built a hut from the 'Dudley Docker' and the 'Stancomb Wills' - two life boats - supported on a stone wall reinforced with tent fabric. It was about five feet high, and the men slept on the pebble floor or in hammocks suspended from the roof. Later refinements included a chimney and two small windows. This provided the shelter for the Elephant Island Party for four and a hal months.