History | 10 May 2017Aboard the Endurance: An Expedition in Ice Share article facebook twitter google pinterest In the words of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, the ambitious 1914 attempt to trek across Antarctica from the Atlantic to the Pacific was defined by “high adventure, strenuous days, lonely nights, unique experiences, and, above all, records of unflinching determination, supreme loyalty, and generous self-sacrifice by the crew.” South: The Illustrated Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917 is the tale of that attempt, told in Shackleton’s own words and brought to life through photos by photographer Frank Hurley. Join us for a glimpse of crew life aboard the Endurance. Shackleton’s cabin. Photo: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Biologist Robert Clark and geologist James Wordie in their cabin, “Auld Reekie.” Photo: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge In the laboratory: Hussey (left) looks at the anemometer while naturalist Reginald James (right) cleans rime from the dipcircle. Photo: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Biweekly ablutions aboard the Endurance. From left: James Wordie, Alfred Cheetham, and Alexander Macklin. Photo: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge A peaceful moment on board: Hurley and Hussey play chess. Photo: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge The night watchman’s fire aboard the Endurance. Photo: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: South is the remarkable tale of that ill-fated expedition as told in Shackleton’s own words, and illustrated here with the photography of expedition photographer Frank Hurley, as well as modern color imagery of the fauna and stunning vistas the men encountered. Their story begins on the eve of World War I, when the ship Endurance departed from England with Shackleton and his team of six men. The plan was to travel 1,800 miles across the icy continent from the Atlantic side, while a second team aboard the ship Aurora, would reach the Pacific side from Tasmania and lay out supply depots for the advancing team. As the Endurance approached the continent, however, it faced early ice, and the vessel became hopelessly locked in an ice floe, beginning a series of travails for the men of the Endurance, including ice-covered mountainous islands, harrowing days in a life raft surrounded by hurricane-force winds, braving untested overland routes into the vast unknown, and much more. Today considered an adventure survival classic, South is the true story of a thrilling polar expedition. Never before has Shackleton’s lively prose been so extensively illustrated with such stunning images. Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton was born in Ireland in 1874 and raised mostly in London. He led three expeditions to the Antarctic. He died of a heart attack in 1922 while setting out on his fourth expedition. Frank Hurley (1885-1962) was a native Australian who served as a photographer on several Antarctic expeditions with Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton. He also worked as a war photographer with the Australian military forces during both World Wars. He was the official photographer on Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition and was known for his pioneering use of the early Paget color photography process. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.