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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection



Accession no.: N: 1079a
Object name: Sledge
Title: Sledge
Description: A dog sledge fitted with brake, handlebars and compass bracket. Part of the equipment for a fully laden sledge as used on the British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola).
Classified name:
SPRI theme transportation
Current place name Antarctic regions > British Antarctic Territory > Maritime Antarctic > Antarctic Peninsula > Graham Land
UDC 629.111.7
Geographic UDC (*726.3)
Getty AAT sleds
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A wooden sledge. It has two wooden runners, curving up at each end, and two wooden uppers. Five uprights are lashed to each runner with rawhide and secured with nails. At each of these is a wooden cross bar which is lashed to the upright with rawhide and to the upper with string. There is a metal bracket at the joins of each upright and cross bar, with a metal collar around each. Two wooden bars run the length of the sledge and are lashed to the cross bars. A bent wooden pole, wrapped with string, curves around the front of the sledge and is lashed to the uppers and tips of the runners with string. At the back of the sledge is a handlebar assembly consisting of two wooden uprights with a handlebar across the top with two metal tension wires forming a cross between the uprights, and two wooden bars securing the uprights to the uppers and runners of the sledge which are fixed with metal braces. There is a plywood platform at the back, and a brake assembly made from an old ski with a metal flange attached beneath the cross bars. A trace rope is wrapped around the first three sets of uprights, and around the bow of the sledge, and has a U-shaped metal shackle at the end.

  • Width: 620mm, height: 1040mm, length: 3920mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola) (1934 - 1937)