Shackleton’s Antarctica – 20 Colour Photos from 1915

These are Frank Hurley’s famous early colour photographs of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated ‘Endurance’ voyage, as part of the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917. Hurley was the official photographer on the expedition.

Early in 1915, their ship ‘Endurance’ became inexorably trapped in the Antarctic ice. Hurley managed to salvage the photographic plates by diving into mushy ice-water inside the sinking ship in October 1915.

Glacier-New-Fortuna-Bay-1915

Glimpse-of-the-Ship-Endurance-through-Hummocks-1915

New-Fortuna-Glacier-1915

Sir-Ernest-Shackleton-watching-a-lead-forming-1915

The-Bosun-John-Vincent-of-the-Endurance-mending-a-net-1915

The-chick-of-the-Wanderer-Albatross-1915

The-Endurance-frozen-in-76-35-South-1915

The-Endurance-under-full-sail-held-up-in-the-Weddell-Sea-1915

The-impenetrable-icefield-which-prevented-us-from-reaching-the-land-showing-part-of-the-Endurance-1915

The-pink-glow-of-the-rising-sun-shining-on-a-pressure-ridge-1915

The-rigging-of-the-Endurance-encrusted-with-RIME-crystals-1915

Alfred-Cheetam-signalling-the-Shackleton-expedition-1915

A-mid-summer-sunset-with-the-Endurance-frozen-in-1915

A-mid-winter-glow-Weddell-Sea-showing-The-Endurance-1915

A-Sub-Antarctic-sunrise.-South-Georgia-1915

Dog-teams-scouting-a-way-to-the-land-1915

e-Deck-of-the-Endurance-1915

Face-of-the-Neumeyer-Glacier-1915

Frank-Hurley-photographing-under-the-bows-of-the-Endurance-191

Frank-Hurley-with-Cinematograph-1915

Alex Browne studied History at Kings College London and is an Assistant Editor at Made From History. He specializes in post-war history in the USA and Central America.