Burgee, Royal Yacht Squadron

Royal Yacht Squadron burgee flown by Captain R.F. Scott's ship, 'Terra Nova'. It is made of wool bunting, with the hoist made of a cotton and linen blend. A cord is attached for hoisting and the burgee is machine stitched. The design consists of a white field with red cross overall in the centre of which is sewn a printed yellow crown. The inscription: 'Terra Nova' is marked on hoist. The burgee is nailed to a plywood backboard, framed and glazed. A brass plate on the front of the case is inscribed: 'THIS FLAG FROM THE TERRA NOVA WAS PRESENTED TO LODGE ST MAURICE by Bro. DAVIES, A MEMBER OF THE ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION, 1910-1913 from which CAPTAIN SCOTT & FOUR OF HIS GALLANT COMRADES NEVER RETURNED'. Francis Edward Charles Davies was 'Terra Nova's' carpenter. Possibly associated with a masonic institution in Plympton, Devon.

Scott joined the Royal Yacht Squadron so 'Terra Nova' could wear the white ensign. Registering the expedition vessel as a yacht also exempted her from Board of trade Regulations.

Object Details

ID: ZBA1616
Collection: Flags
Type: Burgee
Display location: Not on display
Events: Antarctic Exploration: British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913
Vessels: Terra Nova (1884)
Date made: ca.1910
People: Davies, Francis Edward Charles
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: flag: 970 x 1780 mm

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