The spit where the Elephant Island Party lived for 4 1/2 months


Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V, 1917


This stark picture shows the true bleakness of the Elephant Island party’s situation as they waited for rescue. Not for nothing had Shackleton decided that an 800-mile voyage to South Georgia was worth the risk.

Silver bromide print

14.1 x 20.4 cm

RCIN 2580113