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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The boat shelter on Elephant Island

Overview

Creator: Frank Hurley (1885-1962)
Creation Date: 
April-August 1916
Materials: 
Silver bromide print
Dimensions: 
13.3 x 20.3 cm
RCIN 
2580116
Provenance: 
Presented to King George V by Sir Ernest Shackleton, 1917
Description:

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.

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Category: 
Photographs