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Background imageShips Collection: Sledge-party leaving HMS Investigator in Mercy Bay, under command of Lieutenant Gurney Cresswell

Sledge-party leaving HMS Investigator in Mercy Bay, under command of Lieutenant Gurney Cresswell
One of a series of eight chromolithograph sketches by Lieut S. Gurney Cresswell (1827-1867), of the voyage of HMS Investigator under Captain McClure, 1850-54

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Terror. Arctic Expedition 1836-37

HMS Terror. Arctic Expedition 1836-37
HMS Terror, nine months in the Ice of Frozen-Strait, under the command of Captain, now Rear Admiral Sir George Back, April, 1836-37. Photograph from a painting by E.W.Cooke. Arctic Expedition 1836-37

Background imageShips Collection: The sinking of the Eira, August 21 1881

The sinking of the Eira, August 21 1881
Engraving by W.L.Wyllie for the London newspapers, featuring Benjamin Leigh Smiths fifth Arctic voyage 1881-82. Based on an original sketch by Benjamin Leigh Smith

Background imageShips Collection: First discovery of land by HMS Investigator, September 6th 1850

First discovery of land by HMS Investigator, September 6th 1850
One of a series of eight chromolithograph sketches by Lieut S. Gurney Cresswell (1827-1867), of the voyage of HMS Investigator under Captain McClure, 1850-54

Background imageShips Collection: Grytviken Whaling Station from the Endurance

Grytviken Whaling Station from the Endurance
Photograher: Frank Hurley. Expedition: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17. Leader: Ernest Shackleton. View from the deck of the ship Endurance looking across sea to the coastline of South

Background imageShips Collection: Blazer taking HMS Erebus in tow, 31 May 1845, 6PM

Blazer taking HMS Erebus in tow, 31 May 1845, 6PM
Artist: Graham Gore. Watercolour and pen sketch of HMS Erebus, 1845

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Erebus, 22 May 1845, 3AM, off Aldborough

HMS Erebus, 22 May 1845, 3AM, off Aldborough
Artist: Graham Gore. Watercolour and pen sketch of HMS Erebus, 1845

Background imageShips Collection: The Brig Jane and Cutter Beaufoy, on 20th February 1823, bearing up in Latitude 74. 15

The Brig Jane and Cutter Beaufoy, on 20th February 1823, bearing up in Latitude 74. 15
Coloured aquatint by E. Duncan after a painting by W.J. Huggins. Published in October 1826, by Huggins, London

Background imageShips Collection: A midsummer sunset, February, 1915

A midsummer sunset, February, 1915
Photographer: Hurley, James Francis (Frank) (1885-1962). Expedition: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17. Leader: Ernest Shackleton. Date: February 1915

Background imageShips Collection: Skinning birds on deck of Discovery

Skinning birds on deck of Discovery
Photographer: Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922). Expedition: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery). Four men beside a table on the deck of the ship

Background imageShips Collection: Critical position of HMS Investigator on the north-coast of Baring Island, August

Critical position of HMS Investigator on the north-coast of Baring Island, August
One of a series of eight chromolithograph sketches by Lieut S. Gurney Cresswell (1827-1867), of the voyage of HMS Investigator under Captain McClure, 1850-54

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Investigator running through a narrow channel in a snow storm, between grounded and packed ice

HMS Investigator running through a narrow channel in a snow storm, between grounded and packed ice
One of a series of eight chromolithograph sketches by Lieut S. Gurney Cresswell (1827-1867), of the voyage of HMS Investigator under Captain McClure, 1850-54

Background imageShips Collection: HMS Investigator in the pack, October 8th 1850

HMS Investigator in the pack, October 8th 1850
One of a series of eight chromolithograph sketches by Lieut S. Gurney Cresswell (1827-1867), of the voyage of HMS Investigator under Captain McClure, 1850-54

Background imageShips Collection: Bold Headland on Baring Island

Bold Headland on Baring Island
One of a series of eight chromolithograph sketches by Lieut S. Gurney Cresswell (1827-1867), of the voyage of HMS Investigator under Captain McClure, 1850-54

Background imageShips Collection: The Samuel Enderby

The Samuel Enderby
Medium: coloured aquatint. Artist: C. Rosenberg after a painting by W.J. Huggins. The Samuel Enderby, of 422 Tons, William Lisle, Commander, leaving Cowes Roads for London, September 1834

Background imageShips Collection: Officers and Sir Leopald McClintock

Officers and Sir Leopald McClintock
Officers standing on the deck of the ship Discovery with Sir Leopald McClintock (top hat). Reginald Skelton (left), Captain Robert Falcon Scott (centre with sword). Ernest Shackleton behind

Background imageShips Collection: Group of officers on floe alongside ship in pack ice

Group of officers on floe alongside ship in pack ice
Photographer: Reginald William Skelton (1872-1956). Expedition: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery). Group of eight officers on the ice beside the ship, Discovery

Background imageShips Collection: Aeneas Mackintosh, Jameson Adams and Bertam Armytage on board Nimrod

Aeneas Mackintosh, Jameson Adams and Bertam Armytage on board Nimrod
British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09. Leader: Ernest Shackleton

Background imageShips Collection: The pilot boat Penguin

The pilot boat Penguin
Photographer: Meiklejohn, Ian Forbes (1907-1977). Expedition: British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37. Leader: John Rymill. Date: 1935

Background imageShips Collection: Quest unloading in Base Fjord

Quest unloading in Base Fjord
Photographer: Cozens, Henry Iliffe (1904-1995). Expedition: British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31. Leader: Henry George (Gino) Watkins. Date: 1930

Background imageShips Collection: Factory ships

Factory ships
Photographer: Thomas Wyatt Bagshawe (1901-1976). Expedition: British Expedition to Graham Land 1920-22. Date: 1921. Two factory whaling, steam ships at anchor amongst ice floes off a snow-covered


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