Frank Hurley (1885-1962)
The boat shelter on Elephant Island April-August 1916
Silver bromide print | 13.3 x 20.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2580116
The Boat shelter in which the Elephant Island Party lived for 4 1/2 months. [Photographs of scenes and incidents in connection with the happenings to the Weddell Sea Party, 1914, 1915, 1916] April-August 1916
Photograph showing the 'Dudley Docker' and the 'Stancomb Wills' upside down and fringed with remains of tents. A man is visible in the distance.
After attempts to dig ice caves, the men built a hut from the 'Dudley Docker' and the 'Stancomb Wills' - two life boats - supported on a stone wall reinforced with tent fabric. It was about five feet high, and the men slept on the pebble floor or in hammocks suspended from the roof. Later refinements included a chimney and two small windows. This provided the shelter for the Elephant Island Party for four and a hal months.
ProvenancePresented to King George V by Sir Ernest Shackleton, 1917
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