Lantern slide of a scientific party from the ship Discovery on a motor boat approaching the Antarctic coast.

One of 328 images in various formats including artworks, photographs, glass negatives and lantern slides.

Description of Content

Two of the Discovery's explorers on the ship's motor boat with their backs facing the camera lens. The Discovery's motor boat or launch for BANZARE was commissioned by Captain John King Davis. It was built by Mr Jack of Launceston, Tasmania. It was constructed of Huon pine, 24 ft in length, 7 ft beam and fitted with an inboard 8 horse power, two-cylinder marine engine. It was also fitted with a special removable cabin and painted navy grey. The carrying capacity of the boat was up to 12 persons. It was shipped to Cape Town from Australia to be loaded onto the Discovery at that port. The motor boat often towed the Norwegian built snub nosed phram or dinghy when excursions were made from the Discovery. Sometimes the motor boat was anchored close to the shore and the final section of the journey was made in the phram. Eric Douglas was responsible for the maintenance and running of the motor boat during BANZARE. Comments by Eric Douglas on the motor boat "I spent the morning looking over the ships motor boat engine. It is a twin 8HP Regal engine' Photograph taken during the British Australian New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE), Voyage 2.

Physical Description

Standard format lantern slide, consisting of two glass sheets each 3.25 x 3.25 ins (83 x 83mm), one pane bearing a positive transparent image and the other pane protecting the image. Sealed with paper binding strips around the four edges of the lantern slide and internally framed with a black cut-out window mask.

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