Captain Robert Falcon Scott's sledge flag
It is made of heavyweight silk sateen, and is machine stitched. It is designed as medieval standard with Cross of St George nearest the hoist; the remainder of the flag is divided horizontally white over blue. The centre is embroidered with the Scott family crest of a stag's head and the motto: 'Ready Aye Ready' in brown, overlapping the join between the two stripes. The edge of the pennant is worked in twisted cream and blue cord. It was flown at the South Pole during Scott's 1910-1913 expedition, during which Scott and his companions died in March 1912 on their return journey. the flag was recovered from their tent by the relief party. It is clearly shown in a photograph of the party at the South Pole. See 'Great White South' opposite page 279. A similar sledge flag used by Scott in his expedition of 1901-1904 in 'Discovery' now hangs in Exeter Cathedral.
- Image reference: E0581
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Acquired with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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