Accession Number
19XX.4.469
Catalogue No.
A179.12
Brief Description
One round cream and black porcelain plate from the ship Erebus, Sir James Clark Ross's Antarctic Expedition, 1839-1843. The pattern features sea shells, seaweed and the text Erebus GR.
Production Date
1830s
Associated Person
Background
In terms of rarity, an item from James Clark Ross’s ship HMS Erebus of the Antarctic Expedition of 1840-1843, must rate highly. The dinner plate from the ward room of HMS Erebus, displayed in the Sir Robertson Stewart Hall of Antarctic Discovery has international significance. The plate is adorned with sea shell motifs and the Erebus crest. Although the expedition failed in its mission to locate the South Magnetic Pole, it did discover the Ross Sea and most place names in that area were given by Sir James Clark Ross. The plate was gifted to Canterbury Museum by Miss Betty Bird a descendant of Lieutenant Edward J Bird of HMS Erebus.

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