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Black Watch Musuem, Perth, Scotland

The Black Watch Regiment’s Musuem is in Perth, Scotland, housed in an old castle, Balhousie Castle, Hay Street.

In the castle/museum grounds are several memorials. The entrance gates are dedicated to the memory of General Wavell.

This is a generalised one of a bagpiper but in Second World War battledress I think:-

Memorial at Black Watch Museum, Perth, Scotland

These are memorials to various other campaigns in which the Black Watch has taken part, most prominently here, Iraq:-

Campaign Memorials at Black Watch Museum, Perth, Scotland

When I visited in April last year this Great War commemoration took up a prominent position:-

Great War Commemoration at Black Watch Museum, Perth, Scotland

The museum itself is very interesting and took us longer to get round than we had anticipated. This cross – an original bettlefield one from the Great War – was in memory of Captain W D MacL Stewart, 2nd Lieut P R Husband and 44 NCOs and men of the 1st Battalion Black Watch, who all died on 20/9/1916.

Memorial Cross, Black Watch Museum, Perth, Scotland

As I recall this group of medals was awarded to Fergus Bowes-Lyon the brother of the late Queen Mother and who is commemorated on Glamis War Memorial:-

Medals Black Watch Museum, Perth, Scotland

On a less sombre note the museum has an excellent cafe/restaurant in a modern building connected to the castle via the museum’s entrance and which is always very well patronised.

Copenhagen (ii)

Before we reached the Edouard Suenson Memorial (previous post) we passed this old terraced housing on Storekongensgade. Note the lampshades attached to the building:-

Old Terraced Housing, Copenhagen

This is Copenhagen City Hall, in Town Square (Radhuspladsen):-

City Hall, Town Square Copenhagen

Also on Radhuspladsen, Scandic Palace Hotel to right, with gold plaques of some sort where you might expect a clock face:-

Town Square, Copenhagen

Thorvaldsen’s Museum, on Vindebrogade:-

Thortvaldsen's Museum, Copenhagen

Penguins, Discovery Point, Dundee

Penguins are a feature of Antarctic life.

Outside Discovery Point Dundee stand four penguin statues. The road is just behind here so not all the Discovery Point Museum building is in shot.

Dsicovery Point and Penguins, Dundee

View from Museum. The new Dundee Railway Station building is across the road behind the penguins:-

Penguins Outside Discovery Point, Dundee

Watercolour of “Penguins at Cape Crozier” painted by a member of the Discovery Expedition, Edward Wilson:-

Watercolour

More RSS Discovery, Dundee


The Discovery’s crew even had their own newspaper to keep their spirits up. A bound version is in the Discovery Point Museum:-

South Polar Times

As is the ships’s harmonium – also good for keeping up morale I should think. It’s behind glass so difficult to photograph. Its cast iron pedals say “mouse-proof” on them.

Harmonium

Brass struts:-

Brass Reinforcement Struts, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Salt boxes. The salt absorbed any water that entered between the inner and outer hull and between the frames, so helping preserve the timber:-

Salt Boxes, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Panting beams plaque. These beams go from one side of the ship to the other, preventing the ship’s hull from flexing when under way and helped in resisting crushing by the ice:-

Panting Beams Plaque, RRS Discovery

Below Decks, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Below Deck

Equipment room:-

Equipment Room

Store room:-

Store room on RRS Discovery

Gangway:-

Gangway, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Science cabin:-

Science Space

Interior, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Root of main mast:-

RRS Discovery Main Mast Below Deck

Plaque on Main Mast RRS Discovery, Dundee

Mizzen mast:-

Mizzen Mast, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Mizzen Mast Plaque, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Chart room:-

Chart Room, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Office:-

Office, RRS Discovery

Engines:-

RRS Discovery, Dundee, Engines

Plaque for the engines’ builders, Gourlay Brothers & Co Ltd:-

Engine Plaque, RRS Discovery, Dundee

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

RRS Discovery Officers’ and Men’s Quarters

See previous posts on RRS Discovery here and here.

RRS Discovery Wardroom. Fairly sumptuously appointed:-

Wardroom

By contrast here’s the Mess room. The ‘men’ lived and slept here, in hammocks:-

Mess Room

Galley:-

Galley, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Junior Officer’s Quarters. A grade or so up from the ‘men’ you’ll note:-

Officer's Quarters, RRS Discovery, Dundee

These do look reasonably comfortable – but they were apparently the coldest part of the ship and the mattresses could freeze under the sleeping officer:-

RRS Discovery, Officer's Quarters

Senior Officer’s quarters, a bit less spartan:-

RRS Discovery, Dundee, Officer's Quarters

Shackleton’s Quarters weren’t quite so plush:-

Shackleton's Quarters

Scott’s, though, seem very salubrious:-

Scott's Quarters

Exhibits, Discovery Point, Dundee

In the Discovery Point Museum at Dundee are many fascinating exhibits. These few photos feature some about the ship itself.

Model of RRS Discovery:-

Model of RRS Discovery, Dundee

Cut away showing engines:-

RRS Discovery, Dundee, Cut Away Model

Cut away showing hull construction and its reinforcing:-

Cut Away Model of RRS Discovery, Dundee

Hull construction illustration. Three different woods, Green Heart Pitch Pine, English Oak and Riga Fir, build for strength and flexibility:-

Structure of wooden sailing ships

RRS Discovery, Dundee

RRS Discovery was Scott’s and Shackleton’s research ship in the Antarctic, now berthed at Dundee, centrepiece of a museum at Discovery Point, Dundee. New V&A in background:-

Discovery and V&A 2

RRS Discovery viewed from left:-

RRS Discovery, Dundee

RRS Discovery, bow section:-

RRS Discovery bow part

Stern portion. Again V&A in background:-

Stern Part, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Main mast:-

Main Mast, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Mast, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Mast and lifeboat:-

Mast & lifeboat

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