Nimrod at the Barrier
7" x 9", gouache, 2009, framed, £95
Sir Ernest Shackleton's privately funded Antarctic Expedition 1907-09 arrived in the Antarctic in January 1908. His vessel Nimrod lies against an ice floe whilst standing off the what was then known as the Great Ice Barrier, now the Ross Ice Shelf. Nimrod was built 1865 at Dundee, Scotland as the 3-masted sealing schooner Nimrod, with a 60hp engine and single screw. In 1907 she was refitted and re-rigged as a barquentine. After the return of the expedition she was used by Shackleton as a museum in 1909-10 and then sold to defray expedition costs. She was used in the North Sea coaling trade but foundered on Barber Sands, Norfolk, 30th January 1919. Nimrod was 136 feet long with a 30 foot beam and was 334grt (gross registered tonnage).
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