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Museum catalogue: Flag Collection



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Accession no.: Y: 2003/3/8
Object name: Flag
Title: Flag
Description: A very worn 6ft x 4ft Union Jack flag flown at the Halley Bay base of the Royal Society International Geophysical Year Expeditions 1955-59 from 26 May to 1 August 1958. During this period there were four gales, each of which lasted one or two days: one was a whole gale, two were strong gales, and one a moderate gale. The flag was made by Porter Brothers Ltd. of Liverpool and is dated 1956.
Classified name:
SPRI theme flags
Current place name Antarctica > British Antarctic Territory > Coats Land > Caird Coast > Halley Station
UDC 929.9
Geographic UDC (*729.5)
Getty AAT flags
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A rectangular Union Jack flag, the right half of which is missing. The Union Jack is made from strips of textile joined together with machine stitching. The top and bottom edges are hemmed. A strip of white textile is stitched to the left/pole edge to form a tube, which contains a rope which is stitched in position at the top, middle and bottom of the flag. There is a wooden toggle at the top, and a length protruding from the bottom. The tube is printed with '6' x 3', 'UNION JACK', 'PORTER BROS. LTD. // LIVERPOOL' and '1956'.

  • Width: 1100mm, height: 920mm
Associated person(s):
  • : MacDowall, Joseph (1957 - 1958)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: Royal Society International Geophysical Year Expeditions 1955-59 (1957 - 1958)