The Terra Nova (1884) held up in the pack ice

A port bow view of the discovery barque-rigged ship Terra Nova (1884) trapped in the Ross Sea pack ice on its way to Ross Island. The jibs and upper courses of sails are set on the fore and main masts but hanging limply. The hull is partially obscured by the height of some of the pack ice hummocks.

The print has a typed caption: 'The Terra Nova held up in the Pack. Dec. 13th 1910.'

Ponting recalled in his book 'The Great White South' (page 37): 'We encountered floes so large and thick that the ship was brought to another complete halt...For three days we were held fast in the heavy pack that had closed in upon us...' He also wrote: 'The Terra Nova imprisoned in the ice, with her canvas handing idly, or clewed-up into picturesque folds, formed a striking picture.'

Object Details

ID: ALB1217.1
Type: Photographic print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Ponting, Herbert George
Vessels: Terra Nova (1884)
Date made: 13 December 1910
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 116 mm x 167 mm
Parts: British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-13, covering the period 1910-11 (Photograph album)

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