Deck Features, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Due to the need for hull strength to withstand the crushing forces of the Antarctic ice, the RRS Discovery had no portholes. Instead internal illumination and ventilation were made possible by the use of mushroom vents in the deck. The crew nicknamed these ankle crushers as they presented obstacles to easy movement.

Mushroom vents:-

Mushroom vents

This deck structure also contains “portholes” pointing skywards:-

Structure on Deck, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Steering wheel and binnacles:-

Steering Wheel & Binnacles, RRS Discovery

To the right above you can see the plaques denoting the location of the steering wheel, the binnacles and the ship’s cuddies.

Cuddies, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Shipbuilders plaque. Dundee Shipbuilders, Panmure Yard:-

Builder's Plaque, RRS Discovery, Dundee

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