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The British Antarctic Expedition 1907–09, otherwise known as the Nimrod Expedition, was the first of three expeditions to the Antarctic led by Ernest Shackleton. Its main target, among a range of geographical and scientific objectives, was to be first to the South Pole. This was not attained, but the expedition's southern march reached a Farthest South latitude of 88° 23' S, just 97.5 nautical miles (180.6 km; 112.2 mi) from the pole. This was by far the longest southern polar journey to that date and a record convergence on either Pole.

On arriving in McMurdo Sound on 29 January 1908, Nimrod’s progress southward to the Discovery base at Hut Point was blocked by frozen sea. Shackleton decided to wait a few days in the hope that the ice would break up. On 3 February Shackleton decided not to wait for the ice to shift but to make his headquarters at the nearest practicable landing place, Cape Royds.

Shackleton's hut and its contents are remarkably well preserved today due to the consistently sub-freezing conditions, and with restoration help from The Antarctic Heritage Trust (New Zealand) and others.

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With the help of the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, Google Maps added 360-imagery of many important spots, inside and out, such as Shackleton's Hut, Cape Royds on Ross Island. I highly recommend checking these out!


Shackleton's Hut, Cape Royds on Ross Island , Google Street View


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The articles left behind at Shackleton's hut have always intrigued me, and were the inspiration behind the creation of one of my favorite reproduction concepts.

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Sir Ernest Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition 1907. Digitally remastered and colorized version of Jameson Adams, Frank Wild and Eric Marshall at their southernmost position, 88° 23', on 9 January 1909. The photograph was taken by expedition leader Ernest Shackleton.
Part of the 'Age of Polar Exploration' collection.


 By VASSdesign


 By VASSdesign

The articles left behind at Cape Evans and at Cape Royds have always intrigued me, and were the inspiration behind the creation of this reproduction concept of a Colman's crate from the 1907 British Antarctic Expedition, which can be found at both Scott and Shackleton's Huts. This item was entirely hand painted.




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Adapted design based on a vintage collectors postcard of Lieut. Ernest H. Shackleton from the 1907-1909 British Antarctic Expedition.

More to come!!

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