FDC: Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition

This cover from Royal Mail commemorates the Endurance expedition to cross the south pole, led by Ernest Shackleton. The expedition did not succeed, and Shackleton and his team faced a battle for survival to escape the Antarctic.

Stamps Cover FDC UK 2016-01-07 Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition

Country: United Kingdom
Date of Issue: 7th January 2016 (first day cover)

Stamp Details

Top row, left to right:

  • Entering the Antarctic ice – December 1914
  • Endurance trapped in pack ice – January 1915
  • Striving to free Endurance – February 1915
  • Trapped in a pressure crack – October 1915

Bottom row, left to right:

  • Patience Camp – December 1915-April 1916
  • Safe arrival at Elephant island – April 1916
  • Setting out for South Georgia – April 1916
  • Rescue of Endurance crew – August 1916

About the Expedition

The insert to the cover provides more details of the story of the doomed expedition. Click the image below for easier reading.

Stamps Cover FDC UK 2016-01-07 Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition

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