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A Sledge Party Crossing a Crevasse

Miscellaneous Antiquities

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Collection Miscellaneous Antiquities
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Object ID ZBA2283.15
Description No 15. from Players cigarette cards, second series of 25, 'Polar Exploration'. The front shows a sledge across a crevasse with one of the four man team falling down it, captioned: 'Player's Cigarettes A SLEDGE PARTY CROSSING A CREVASSE': Reverse: 'A Sledge Party Crossing a Crevasse. Of all the dangers encountered by Scott and his men the hidden crevasses were probably the greatest; nevertheless, no casualties were intributable to the existance of these invisible chasms. On the Great Ice Barrier the crevasses were seldom encountered except close to the land; but on the Beardmore Glacier the sledge parties met with crevasses varying in width from a few inches to several hundred feet. Their depth may have reached many thousands of feet. Frequent instances are recorded of the sudden disappearance of a member of the sledge team into one of these abysses. Happily the harness always held, and the unfortuate man was soon dragged up to safety by his comrades, rudely shaken and bruised, but otherwise unhurt.'
Date made 1916

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials card
Measurements Overall: 1 mm x 67 mm x 36 mm
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