The ballloon being filled on the ice.

A view of the cow-gut balloon being inflated with hydrogen on the ice. Ann Savours records that the balloon had been christened 'Eva'. Four men are below the partially lifted and inflated balloon, while the other six are watching. Scott was the first to make an ascent in a balloon in Antarctica. Shackleton was second, reaching a higher altitude of 750ft (according to the album caption), or 650ft (according to his biographer), and Scott records that Shackleton took his camera - see ALB0346.13 & ALB0346.14.

The album caption records that the balloon was subscribed to by the Misses Dawson Lambtons, to whom the album was dedicated.

Object Details

ID: ALB0346.12
Type: Photographic print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Shackleton, Ernest Henry
Date made: 3 February 1902
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Bernard Collection
Measurements: Overall: 103 mm x 78 mm
Parts: British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1903 (Photograph album)

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