The 'Terra Nova' of Scott's Antarctic Expedition
The ship Terra Nova - the vessel used by Robert Falcon Scott (1868 -1912) for his South Polar Expedition in 1911-12. Built originally for the Dundee whaling and sealing fleet (launched 1884), the Terra Nova was purchased from Bowring Brothers Limited for the British Antarctic Expedition, known also as the Terra Nova Expedition, for the sum of 12, 500. Reinforced from bow to stern with seven feet of oak to protect against the Antarctic ice pack, she sailed from Cardiff on 15 June 1910 under overall command of now Captain Scott, who described her as "a wonderfully fine ice ship.... As she bumped the floes with mighty shocks, crushing and grinding a way through some, twisting and turning to avoid others, she seemed like a living thing fighting a great fight."
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Baggage Label for the Cunard Line
A fine example of a luggage label - a bag label for the Cunard Line, featuring a picture of the RMS Mauretania. According to the notes on the reverse of this tag, the baggage attached to this particular label was destined for the hold on a journey from New York to Southampton, sailing on 1st November 1933 on the RMS Aquitania. The passenger (Miss Alberta Agnes Sharpe) is detailed as a 'Tourist', residing on Deck C, Stateroom no.141, bed B!
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The Deck of the SS 'Gallia', 1879
Engraving showing the deck, funnel and masts of the Cunard Company's Steamship 'Gallia' at sea, 1879. Launched earlier that year, the 'Gallia' worked for the Cunard Line until 1897 when she was sold to the Beaver Line. Two years later she was sold to the Allan Line and the next year she was stranded on Sorel Point, Quebec, then salvaged and finally scrapped.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans