Photograph of wooden plaque of H.M.S. Erebus


Derbyshire Record Office

Derbyshire Record Office
Matlock, United Kingdom

A description pasted below the photograph reads:

The above is carved out of a solid panel of oak measuring 27 inches by 16, and 4 inches thick. It was found in a shop in Exeter just before the war by Sir Drummond Chaplin, who left it with me whilst he went out as Administrator of Rhodesia. The shrouds had been coated with some sparkling white powder to represent ice; this was nearly worn off. The pennant is coloured red. Sir Clements Markham, to how I sent a photograph of it, was greatly interested, and intended to come and see it, but the sad accident which proved fatal to him prevented this. I had asked him whether he thought it might have been carved by the ship's carpenter when the "Erebus" and "Terror" went to the Antarctic under Sir James Ross during the long Polar winter, but he was inclined to think it was the work of some "Dockyard Maties." - W.F.R.

Drummond Chaplin served as the administrator of the British South Africa Company in Rhodesia from 1914 to 1923.


  • Title: Photograph of wooden plaque of H.M.S. Erebus
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1914/1923
  • Provenance: Gell family of Hopton Hall (D8760/F/LIB/8/1/13)
  • Subject Keywords: Polar exploration, Franklin Expedition, Arctic

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