Looking south over the frozen sea

January 1915

Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V, 1917


On 10 January 1915 the Endurance expedition members first sighted land. Shackleton decided to sail past Glacier Bay, a good landing spot but 100 miles (185 km) further north than his intended landfall. It would prove his only opportunity to land; the ship became trapped in the ice on 18 January, and by 27 January was stuck fast, at the mercy of the ice and current. Already frozen in, a mere month after leaving South Georgia, Shackleton’s men look out over a vast ice sheet, dwarfed by the emptiness of the landscape. The horizon seems very far away.

Silver bromide print

15.3 x 20.5 cm

RCIN 2580056