The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

Strenuous endeavours being made to free the ship from frozen captivity, lat.16° 50', long. 34° 58' S

15 February 1915

Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V, 1917


On 14 February open water appeared ¼ mile away from the ship and all hands hurried to seize ice saws, axes, shovels, chisels and picks to cut a sailing channel. Hurley captures the men’s strenuous efforts to free the ship, unhappily without success.

Silver bromide print

15.2 x 20.2 cm

RCIN 2580060