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Elephant Island
Argentine Claim 25°W-74°W / British Claim: 20°W-80°W / Chilean Claim 53°W-90°W
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Elephant Island is an ice-covered mountainous island off the coast of Antarctica. It covers an area of 558 square kilometres and the highest elevation is the Pardo Ridge at 853 metres. Elephant Island is famous for being a part of the epic story of Shackleton's Endurance journey. After their ship was crushed by ice flows and sank in the Antarctic Ocean, the 28-man crew made it on lifeboats to Elephant Island.

Sir Ernest Shackleton decided to attempt to reach with the small boat "James Caird" the whaling stations of South Georgia (1'500 kilometres). He launched with 5 members (Tom Crean, Timothy McCarthy, Harry McNish, John William Vincent and Frank Worsley) from Elephant Island on 24th April 1916. On 10th May they arrived at King Haakon Bay on South Georgia. The boat was not capable of making a further voyage around the coastline of South Georgia.

(see also "Sir Ernest Shackleton — Crossing South Georgia")  

 

British Antarctic Territory 2014
"The first landing on Elephant Island".
In the background the nearby Clarence Island.

The stamp was issued in the series "Centenary of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition Part II".

 

Great Britain 2016 Elephant island stamp Clarance island in the backdrop

Great Britain 2016
"Safe arrival at Elephant Island - April 1916"

In the background the nearby Clarence Island.

Clarence Island (161.6 km²) is the easternmost of the South Shetland Islands. Highest point on the island is Mount Irving (1'950 m), formerly known as Mount Bowles.

The stamp was issued in the series
"Ernest Shackleton Endurance Expedition".

 

Australian Antarctic Territory.
Ernest Shackleton leaves Elephant Island on the James Caird with five other members of the expedition, setting out to reach South Georgia Island 800 miles away.
The stamp was issued in the series "Hurley's Journey, 1914 – 1916".

 

British Antarctic Territory 2016
The image shows a view from Wild Point (61° 6'6.38"S 54°51'31.19"W) on Elephant island towards west, the peak behind is on Cape Belsham. (Wild Point contains the Endurance Memorial Site with a bust of Captain Pardo and several plaques).

The stamp was issued in the series "25th Anniversary of IAATO".

 

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