The Terra Nova (1884) held up in the pack ice by Herbert George Ponting

The Terra Nova (1884) held up in the pack ice

Herbert George Ponting

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The Terra Nova (1884) held up in the pack ice

A port bow view of the discovery barque-rigged ship Terra Nova (1884) trapped in the Ross Sea pack ice on its way to Ross Island. The jibs and upper courses of sails are set on the fore and main masts but hanging limply. The hull is partially obscured by the height of some of the pack ice hummocks.

The print has a typed caption: 'The Terra Nova held up in the Pack. Dec. 13th 1910.'

Ponting recalled in his book 'The Great White South' (page 37): 'We encountered floes so large and thick that the ship was brought to another complete halt...For three days we were held fast in the heavy pack that had closed in upon us...' He also wrote: 'The Terra Nova imprisoned in the ice, with her canvas handing idly, or clewed-up into picturesque folds, formed a striking picture.'

Object number: ALB1217.1

Date: 1911

Artist: Herbert George Ponting

Original dimensions: 116 mm x 167 mm

  • Image reference: S2778-001

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