The ship was carrying an international team of scientists who had hoped to survey the area recently exposed along the ice shelf by the giant A-68 iceberg that broke off from Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf in July 2017. [Read more about the Antarctic expedition]
There are only a few weeks left in the short Antarctic summer, so the ship's captain made the "difficult decision" to head for a new destination, near the Larsen A region of the Antarctic Peninsula.
RRS James Clark Ross
It also supports British scientific research in the Arctic regions during the Antarctic winters.
James Clark Ross
Between 1839 and 1843, Ross commanded a British expedition to Antarctica on the ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, which charted much of the coastline of the frozen continent.
Equipped for work
Antarctic ice ship
A giant iceberg, dubbed A-68, started breaking away from the edge of the ice-shelf in 2014.
Big 'ole iceberg
Scientists say the seafloor exposed by the A-68 iceberg has been covered by the thick ice shelf for around 120,000 years.
The next scientific expedition to Larsen C is scheduled in early 2019, on a German research ship, RV Polarstern.