A box of 100-year-old negatives from the Antarctica Shackleton expedition have been discovered, processed, and printed.

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A box of 100-year-old negatives from the Shackleton expedition, discovered in an abandoned supply hut in Antarctica, have been processed and printed.



  • joe

    What’s that in the picture, open water? That’s not supposed to be there, rather ironic that there is a big sail boat locked into the ice, those guys were real explorers. The endurance is on my reading list!

  • joe

    The group of people locked into the ice are not explorers, they are tourists.

  • Cotour

    Shackelton’s story is one hell of a story about how he had his ship destroyed after being stuck in the Antarctic ice and the two year long rescue that followed. Treking over ice, hundreds of miles of open life boat, open ocean voyage and to top it all off climbing a never climbed Antarctic mountain range, with no climbing gear, to a whaling center.

    Anyone who is not aware of the story should look into it, you won’t believe it, but its true. 20 something guys all returned alive.

    I will assume that there were no “progressives” on that trip. And if there were his biggest contribution would have been when Shackelton had him fed to the dogs to keep them going, then they would have eaten the dogs.

  • mpthompson

    Exactly my thoughts on seeing the vast stretches of open water in the photographs.

  • bkivey

    The Shackleton expedition was required reading for one of my management classes. Amazing stuff. The expedition inspired the saying “If you’re faced with a crises, fall on your knees and pray for Shackleton.”

  • Garry

    I read Endurance at least a dozen times when I was young; it’s probably the book that most influenced my attitudes towards work and life in general. I lent the book to a friend in college, who lent it to a friend, who never returned it. 30 years later I bought the book again and have read it several times again, the most recent being last week.

    These recently discovered photos are of the Ross Sea Party, the half of the expedition not covered in the book Endurance; I’m currently reading the chapters of Shackleton’s book South! that cover this half, and in some ways their story is even more inspiring. The men of this party were to set up food/fuel depots for the second half of Shackleton’s crossing of Antarctica. Very early on, their ship became unmoored in a blizzard, leaving 10 men on shore, without most of their equipment, to lay all the depots. They improvised, adapted, and overcame; for example, their clothing had not been unloaded, but they made their own from an old tent they scrounged from one of the huts from earlier expeditions. Despite all their difficulties, they managed to lay all the depots that Shackleton would have needed, at a very steep price, including 1 death during the march and 2 more deaths later. In all they marched 1500 miles in about 150 days, many of them in extremely foul weather.

    Meanwhile, the 18 men on the ship were stuck in the ice for almost a year, lost their rudder, and when they finally came out of the ice they had to jury-rig a substitute rudder so that they could navigate. After nearly 2 years the 7 survivors on land were rescued.

    You should absolutely read Endurance, and just about anything else you can get your hands on about Shackleton’s expedition; you won’t regret it! Both halves of the expeditions displayed a level of grit and resourcefulness not often seen or even talked about. I find myself reading about this expedition whenever I feel overwhelmed by challenges in life.

  • wade

    WOW. And few have the Fortitude to Endure these days. Humans can adapt to Any consequence and endure.

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