Early last century, Australian photographer Frank Hurley participated in a number of expeditions to Antarctica. He visited the polar continent six times from 1911 to 1932 — but his 1915 trip with Sir Ernest Shackleton proved to be the most memorable. These are the photos he took after their ship became hopelessly trapped in the Antarctic ice.

Advertisement

All images: Frank Hurley via State Library of New South Wales.

In early 1915, Endurance became stuck in the ice in the Weddell Sea. Its crew had no choice but to wait for a southern gale that never came.

Beset and drifting in the ice for months, the ship was eventually crushed later in the year. On the morning of November 21st, 1915, Endurance's bow began to sink under the ice, leaving the crew no choice but to abandon it.

The men wouldn't be rescued until August 1916.

A Sub-Antarctic sunrise. South Georgia.

Glacier, New Fortuna Bay.

The chick of the Wanderer Albatross.

Dog teams scouting a way to the land.

The rigging of the 'Endurance' encrusted with RIME crystals.

The ice-covered deck of Endurance.

[ h/t Shootingfilm.net, where you can see several more photos ]