The pictures come from explorer Ernest Shackleton’s last Antarctic expedition, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The goal of this expedition was to cross the entire continent, passing over the South Pole on the way. Instead, Shackleton and his crew were stranded when their ship, the Endurance, was trapped, and then crushed, by pack ice on the South America side of Antarctica. Another ship, the Aurora, was supposed to sail to the New Zealand side of the continent to lay supplies for the last quarter of Shackleton’s march across Antarctica. In May 1915, a storm set the Aurora adrift, stranding part of its crew on Ross Island.
Story: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience | Photo: Antarctic Heritage Trust New Zealand