A lake among 'leads', December 1914
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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
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A lake among 'leads', December 1914


Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V

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After acquiring more crew at Buenos Aires, including a new cook and a stowaway, Perce Blackborrow, on 26 October Endurance left for the whaling station at Grytviken, South Georgia, their last harbour before the ice. The ice report from the whaling stations was bad and the ship met ice less than three days out of South Georgia, on 5 December 1914, much sooner than they had expected. Thus began their battle with the pack, as they gradually worked their way south