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Soccer on the floe whilst waiting for the ice to break up. December 20th. Lat 62. 42 17. 58 W

Soccer on the floe whilst waiting for the ice to break up. December 20th. Lat 62. 42 17. 58 W



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Soccer on the floe whilst waiting for the ice to break up. December 20th. Lat 62. 42 17. 58 W

Photograher: Frank Hurley. Expedition: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17. Leader: Ernest Shackleton. The ship Endurance beset in the ice. A group of men are playing soccer on the ice

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In this print captured by renowned photographer Frank Hurley during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-17, we are transported to a frozen world where soccer takes center stage amidst the waiting game for the ice to break up. The date is December 20th, and our coordinates place us at Lat 62.42 17.58 W in the vast expanse of Antarctica. The image showcases the ship Endurance, beset in ice, serving as a backdrop to an unexpected scene of camaraderie and recreation on this desolate icy landscape. A group of intrepid men from Ernest Shackleton's expedition have found solace and entertainment in a spirited game of soccer right there on the floe. As we delve into this historic moment frozen in time, it becomes evident that even amidst extreme conditions and uncertainty, human resilience shines through. These brave souls have managed to find joy and connection through sport while awaiting their fate. The University of Cambridge SPRI proudly presents this remarkable photograph from its Scott Polar Research Institute archives—a testament not only to exploration but also to the indomitable spirit that drives humanity forward against all odds. Through this image, we glimpse into a chapter of Antarctic history where endurance meets ingenuity; where isolated individuals come together as a team; where moments of respite become cherished memories etched forever within these icy realms. Join us as we celebrate these extraordinary adventurers who dared to dream beyond boundaries—men whose unwavering determination continues inspiring generations today. Let their story unfold before your eyes with every detail meticulously preserved within this exceptional photographic print by Frank Hurley—an invaluable piece capturing both beauty and bravery entwined on nature's most unforgiving canvas.

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