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