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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Letter cylinder

Accession no.: N: 821
Object name: Letter cylinder
Title: Letter cylinder
Description: A letter cylinder, for leaving messages on cairns, from the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery). It was left tied to a pole at Cape Crozier by Scott's party.
Classified name:
SPRI theme expedition equipment
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A metal cylinder made from a sheet of metal seamed along on edge, and with a red coating. It has a removable end. There is a piece of twisted wire wrapped around the cylinder.

  • Length: 502mm, diameter: 74mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery) (1901 - 1904)