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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

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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

Not So Traditional Architecture, Liverpool

There is some modern architecture in Liverpool, especially the Museum of Liverpool, situated down towards the Mersey.

Museum (centre left) from Albert Dock:-

Museum of Liverpool from Albert Dock

From plaza:-

Museum of Liverpool

Closer view:-

Museum of Liverpool Closer View

A very Chinese looking construction across a street entrance in Liverpool:-

Chinese Pagoda, Liverpool

A bit more traditional. Decorative tiles on a city centre building:-

Decorative Tiles, Liverpool

The V&A, Dundee

The new branch of the V&A Museum in Dundee, a museum of Scottish design and its impact on and from the world, opened to visitors today.

As we quite often visit or pass through Dundee this is a building I have seen growing from the waterfront over the past few years and it is a splendid piece of architecture.

It lies beside Discovery Point, latest (and last?) home of Scott’s and Shackleton’s research ship the RRS Discovery. There are hopes the V&A will do for Dundee in terms of tourism and raising the city’s profile what the Guggenheim did for Bilbao.

It’s exciting to think I’ll be able to visit it soon. We’re not going straight away as we expect it will be fairly busy. I believe entrance has to be booked for the first few weeks.

These photos were taken in February when the building was pretty well completed on the outside. We had been round the Discovery – itself well worth a visit – and the opportunity to take the photographs couldn’t be missed.

RRS Discovery and V&A Dundee:-

RRS Discovery and New V&A Dundee

Part of the V&A looks like the prow of a ship. V&A from the stern of RSS Discovery (Tay Road Bridge in background):-

V&A Dundee from RRS Discovery

Stern sprit of RSS Discovery, V&A in background:-

Stern Sprit of RRS Discovery, V&A in background

In other aspects it resembles a cliff, the architect Kengo Kuma‘s inspiration. V&A from RRS Discovery:-

V&A Dundee from RRS Discovery

From plaza:-

V&A Dundee from Plaza

From east northeast:-

V&A Dundee from Northeast

The inside exhibits promise to be as distinctive as the outside.

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