Burgee of Pirate Yacht Club, Bridlington

Burgee of the Pirate Yacht Club, Bridlington, used as a sledge flag by William Colbeck RNR on the Borchgrevink Antarctic Expedition 1898-1900. The burgee is made of red wool bunting printed with a black skull and crossbones. It has a machine-sewn linen hoist and is mounted on card, framed and glazed.

Inscribed on the mount: ‘Burgee flown by Lieutenant Wm. Colbeck R.N.R, F.R.G.S, a member of the Pirate Yacht Club on Sledge journey across the Great Ice Barrier when in company with C.E. Borchgrevink F.R.G.S. the farthest South was attained Lat 78˚ 50΄ S. Long 164˚ 30́ W. on 17 February 1900. The sledge was detached from S.Y. "Southern Cross" Southern Cross expedition of which Lieutenant Colbeck was Chief Magnetic Observer.'

A further note on the mount states 'Previous farthest south 78˚ 10΄ by Capt Ross’.

Object Details

ID: AAA0943
Collection: Flags
Type: Burgee
Display location: Not on display
Events: Antarctic Exploration: Expedition of Borchgrevink, 1898-1900
Vessels: Southern Cross (SY)
Date made: circa 1898
People: Pirate Yacht Club, Bridlington; Colbeck, William Borchgrevink, Carsten Egeberg
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: frame: 711.2 x 914.4 x 25.4 mm; flag: 381 x 635 mm

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