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

The Dudley Docker arrives at Cape Valentine, Elephant Island

15 April 1916

Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V, 1917


With food supplies dwindling during their stay at Patience Camp, Shackleton decided to take to the boats and head direct for Elephant Island, their nearest refuge where they finally made landfall on 15 April, soaked, frozen and racked with thirst. The Dudley Docker was the last of the boats to arrive, having become separated from the others overnight. They were convinced that they were the only boat left, until they rounded the spit and saw the other two beached at the Cape.

Silver bromide print

15.4 x 20.6 cm

RCIN 2580104