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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection



Accession no.: N: 944
Object name: Ration
Title: Ration
Description: An emergency sledge ration made by Bovril Ltd. for the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery).
Classified name:
SPRI theme food and nutrition
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 664.9 : 656.19
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT
Number of items: 1
Full description:

An unopened oval tin with a pull-tab at either end and a key for opening. The tin has a brass-coloured lacquer. One end is embossed 'DINNER' and the other 'COCOA'. There is a paper label stuck to the front reading: 'EMERGENCY RATION. // Field Service // This ration is not to be opened except by order of an officer, & in extremity. // It is to be carried in the haversack and produced at inspections, etc. // The ration is calculated to maintain strength for 36 hours if eaten in small quantities at a time.' A paper label on the back of the tin gives manufacturing details but is not legible. According the accession register this label reads: 'Meat Extractives Albuminoids on chocolate basis. To be used dry with or without biscuits or one fourth part boiled for 15 minutes in one pint of water'.

  • Width: 66mm, length: 126mm, depth: 48mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery) (1901 - 1904)