Nestled under the shadow of Mount Erebus on Ross Island lies Nimrod Hut. The hut served as a timely shelter and was the base of operations for the British 1907-1909 Nimrod Expedition led by a young Ernest Shackleton. The Nimrod Expedition was an early attempt in the race to the geographic South Pole. Shackleton’s crew erected this pre-fabricated hut at Cape Royds. This simple structure is 33 feet long by 19 feet wide, with separate lodging for the expedition’s ponies, dogs, and the first motorcar on the continent, a 12-15 horsepower Arrol Johnston.
Today, this magnificent fossil of the Heroic Era is lovingly cared for and preserved by the Antarctica Heritage Trust.