Cape Royds is notable for two things: Shackleton’s hut from his 1907 expedition, and an active penguin rookery. We visited Cape Royds today to take water samples and samples of algal mats. Here are a few photos from that visit.
Earnest Shackleton became Sir Earnest as a result of the 1907-1909 British Antarctic Expedition, also known as the Nimrod Expedition, after the ship used by the expedition. Shackleton, Jameson Adams, Frank Wild and Eric Marshall reached to within less than 100 nautical miles of the South Pole on January 9, 1909. This was a remarkable result for an expedition that had no government support, and was only surpassed by the successful trip of Amundsen and the fatal trip of Scott in 1911.
Cape Royds also hosts the southernmost colony of Adelie Penguins.