Undeveloped photos taken during one leg of Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition have been discovered in the hut of another polar region explorer, various media outlets reported on Sunday.
According to CNN’s Ralph Ellis, the negatives were discovered in an expedition hut used by British explorer Capt. Robert Falcon Scott during his unsuccessful 1912 attempt to become the first man to reach the South Pole.
The pictures, which were discovered by a team from New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust, “were taken during Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Ross Sea Party, another failed exploration whose members were forced to live in Scott’s hut after their ship blew out to sea,” Ellis said.
“The cellulose nitrate negatives were found clumped together in a small box in the darkroom of Herbert Ponting, Scott’s expedition photographer,” he added. Officials from the Trust took the negatives back to New Zealand, where it was discovered that there were a total of 22 images, many of which were damaged.
The Ross Sea Party was tasked with leaving supplies for the second leg of Shackleton’s land crossing, explained Duncan Geere of Even after losing their ship, they continued to set up food and equipmentstations, unaware that the expedition had already been called off.