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Sir John Ross

HMS Victory in the Arctic

Period:
19th Century
Description:

A sepia watercolour by H Gastineau showing a landing party leaving HMS Victory.  Ross was in command of the ‘Victory’ during his 1829 expedition and James Clark Ross was second in command.  This was the first Arctic expedition to use steam power but the Victory’s engines proved inadequate.  Ross ordered the boiler to be dismantled and thrown overboard to reduce weight.  Trapped by ice, the ‘Victory’ was later abandoned.

 

Henry Gastineau (1791-1876) was noted for his watercolours and etchings of landscapes.  His view of the ‘Victory’ copied an illustration in John Ross’s ‘Narratives’.

Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
107mm x 180mm
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WET SM1
Digital Number:
SRFA003n
Creation Date:
1848
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council