Midwinter Day dinner

A view from the head of the wardroom table set up in the expedition hut at Cape Evans looking towards Ponting's darkroom. On the left is the wall of Scott's 'den', complete with portrait of the Emperor Napoleon on the wall . Hanging from the rafters are sleeping bags (skin-side outside) and a large number of sledging flags and Union Flags. The officers and scientists are standing or sitting by the table which has nine open bottles of Charles Heidsieck champagne, and a couple of liqueur bottles. Empty plates, and a plate of mince pies are on the table with crackers stacked in piles in the centre.

The identified people are (l-r): Cherry Garrard, Wright (standing), Oates, Atkinson (standing), Meares, Bowers, Evans, Scott, Wilson, (unknown), (unknown), (unknown) Debehnham (standing), Simpson, Taylor. Of the sledge flags hanging up the following are identified (l-r): Wilson's flag hanging to the left of Atkinson, Scott's flag hanging behind Evans, Simpson's flag hanging behind Taylor.

Scott recorded the Midwinter dinner in his journal: 'In preparation for the evening our 'Union Jacks' and sledge flags were hung about the large table, which itself was laid with glass and a plentiful supply of champagne bottles instead of the customary mugs and enamel limejuice jugs'.

[Note: people not ID'd are Gran, Nelson and Day]

Object Details

ID: ALB1217.35
Type: Photographic print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Ponting, Herbert George
Date made: 22 June 1911
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Duff Collection
Measurements: Overall: 117 mm x 169 mm
Parts: British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-13, covering the period 1910-11 (Photograph album)

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