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

The ship was the nucleus of a pressure wave

September - October 1915

Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V


Pressure waves are caused by the effects of wind and current on sea ice in a confined space. Endurance was stuck fast in thick pack ice in a large, enclosed bay; the huge sheets of ice were forced together like a vice. The ship, trapped in the middle, stood no chance.

Silver bromide print

15.3 x 20.2 cm