HMS Victory in the Arctic

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’.
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H Gastineau
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107mm x 180mm
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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