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Sledge flag, Robert Falcon Scott

ZBA1609
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Collection Flags
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Scott, Robert Falcon
EventsAntarctic Exploration: British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913
Publication(s)Treasures of the National Maritime Museum
Gloria Clifton and Nigel Rigby
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Object details:

Object ID ZBA1609
Description Captain R.F. Scott's sledge flag . It is mad 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.
Date made circa 1910

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Acquired with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund
Materials silk
Measurements flag: 330 x 840 mm board flag is mounted on measures: 380 x 920mm
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  • Sledge flag, Robert Falcon Scott (ZBA1609)
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