New York: Ca. 1905. Striking image of the famed Terra Nova, the Antarctic Expedition ship which brought to New Zealand the news of the death of Captain Scott. The Terra Nova was built for polar work, being reinforced against damage from ice with seven feet of oak. Captain Scott said of the 'Terra Nova': "[she is] a wonderfully fine ice ship.... As she bumped the floes with mighty shocks, crushing and grinding a way through some, twisting and turning to avoid others, she seemed like a living thing fighting a great fight."
Terra Nova, built in 1884, was used initially for sealing in the Labrador Sea. In 1903 she sailed with the 'Morning' to assist in freeing the Antarctic Expedition's 'Discovery' from McMurdo Sound. She was then purchased by William Ziegler, New York millionaire, who fitted her for the rescue mission of the Ziegler Fiala Expedition (1903 - 1905), which was stranded for 2 years on losing their ship 'America' in an attempt to reach the North Pole.
This is an image of the ship likely taken in New York in August 1905, of members assembled on deck, most likely with members of the rescue party, with the life saver rings marked N. Y. Y. C. (New York Yacht Club). Original mounted on photographer's gray board. 12 1/2 x 10 3/4", framed in dark brown wooden frame. The photograph signed at the lower right "Grossmann 50 Frederick St., N" Item #21634