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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection



Accession no.: N: 1087
Object name: Sledge
Title: Sledge
Description: A sledge 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, each with a wooden upper lashed to it at the back with string. The front of the runners, and the front and back of the uppers have extra lengths of wood screwed to them. Five uprights are mortised into each runner and lashed with rawhide. 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 with string. A bent wooden pole, wrapped with string, curves around the front of the sledge and is lashed the runners with rawhide, and to the uppers and tips of the runners with string. A trace rope is tied to the third set of uprights, and wraps around the first and second set of uprights and the bow front. Tied to the back of the sledge are two metal sticks with flat metal plates at one end and brackets and the other, and four pieces of wood, to create an upright for the back of the sledge.

  • Width: 615mm, height: 290mm, length: 3890mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Graham Land Expedition 1934-37 (Penola) (1934 - 1937)