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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Sir Ernest Shackleton arriving at Elephant Island

Overview

Creator: Frank Hurley (1885-1962)
Creation Date: 
30 August 1916
Materials: 
Silver bromide print
Dimensions: 
14.7 x 20.5 cm
RCIN 
2580123
Provenance: 
Presented to King George V by Sir Ernest Shackleton, 1917
Description:

Photograph of fourteen of the men on Elephant Island waving from the shore as the rowing boat containing Shackleton approaches.

Despite its title, this photograph in fact depicts the departure of the 'James Caird' for South Georgia, 24 April 1916. Hurley did not photograph the actual moment of rescue but renamed this image in order to complete the narrative and to show the return of Shackleton on the relief ship 'Yelcho', four months later.

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