The exhausted party on the beach at Cape Valentine, Elephant Island

15 April 1916

Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V, 1917


This was the men’s first experience of dry land in nearly 500 days, after an exhausting six-day boat journey. Shackleton recorded the near-hysterical reactions of the men: 'They were laughing uproariously, picking up stones and letting handfuls of pebbles trickle through their fingers like misers gloating over hoarded gold.'

Silver bromide print

12.3 x 20.7 cm

RCIN 2580107