SHACKLETON'S HUT

ERNEST SHACKLETON'S HUT
CAPE ROYDS

This is the base associated with Sir Ernest Shackleton’s British Antarctic (Nimrod) Expedition 1907–1909. Following his role in Scott’s Discovery expedition, Shackleton mounted his own in an attempt to be the first to reach the Geographic South Pole.

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HISTORY OF THE EXPEDITION
1907-1909

British Antarctic (Nimrod) Expedition

The Nimrod expedition was the third British expedition to the Ross Sea region within 10 years. 

Travelling with Shackleton on the 200 ton Nimrod, were a shore party of 14 men, a specially designed prefabricated hut, 15 Manchurian ponies, nine dogs and an air-cooled, four-cylinder 11kW (15 hp) motorcar, the new Arrol-Johnston.  

His expedition achieved a number of firsts. In March 1908 a party of five was the first to climb Mt Erebus. In late 1908 Shackleton led a party of four in an attempt to be the first to reach the Geographic South Pole. After man-hauling for two and a half months, and less than 97 nautical miles from the Pole, he made a decision considered the finest in early polar history - to turn for home. 

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Meet the Crew

Shackleton recruited 14 men to make up the shore party of his ambitious expedition. 

Shackleton headshot
Ernest Shackleton
Commander
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Jameson Adams
Second-in-Command, Meteorologist
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Douglas Mawson
Physicist

SHACKLETON'S WHISKY

Antarctic Heritage Trust conservators discovered three crates of Mackinlay’s whisky and two crates of brandy encased in ice under Shackleton’s hut a century after the crates had left British shores.

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EXPLORE THE HUT WITH GOOGLE MAPS

The Trust partnered with Google and the Polar Geospatial Center to capture Shackleton's Hut as part of Google’s World Wonders Project.

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HUT LAYOUT
Cape ROYDS

Shackleton and his men built their hut to be as robust as possible – after all, it was their refuge from extreme Antarctic conditions for 14 months. The fact that the main part of the hut is still standing today is testament to their efforts and the skill of the designers. 

​The hut is a timber structure prefabricated by Humphreys Limited of Knightsbridge in London in 1907. It was first assembled in London and the parts were marked for re-erection on site.

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