True to his character, aboard the Endurance and throughout the expedition Hurley remained honest to a fault. He was aware of how capable he was in comparison to much of the crew and did nothing to keep it to himself. This peculiar attitude and vulnerability to praise earned himself the conspicuous title, “the Prince.” If not for his incredible work ethic and improvisational engineering background leading to several useful and lifesaving devices, it’s difficult to say whether he would have been well liked. Fortunately for Hurley, all aboard understood how important his photographic work was to the expedition’s financial success. Hurley was described by his wayward companions as “a warrior with a camera;” a man who would do most anything to acquire the best possible photograph. His own photographic record proves that he regularly hauled around 40 pounds of equipment to the Endurance’s mast to take otherwise impossible photographs.
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