The frozen surface of the Weddell sea just before the ship was crushed


Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V, 1917


This photograph was taken shortly before 18 October 1915, when this apparently benign ice field came under the influence of tides and winds, causing the ship to be crushed. The man with his dog sled can have little idea of what is about to happen to the distant ship.

Silver bromide print

15.3 x 20.4 cm

RCIN 2580068