ANTARCTIC TRADE CARDS - Originally Series 2


058. THE "FRAM." Issued by United Tobacco Companies (South) Ltd. (1931). Card number 23 from a set of 40 entitled "Ships of All Times". Size: Ca, 2.5" x 1.6".
Recto: View of the Fram under full sail. Upper left: Fram.
Verso: SHIPS | OF ALL TIMES | No. 23. | THE "FRAM." | The "Fram," designed by Colin Archer, an Englishman, for Nansen and Amundsen, was the most famous Polar ship that ever floated. Of 402 tons gross and 128 feet long, she waa rigged as a three-masted schooner, and her entire hull was composed of solid oak planking 28 inches thick! It was impossible for the ice to crush her, for it simply lifted her out of harn's way when it closed on her. She was used by Amundsen in 1912 when he was the first man to reach the South Pole. On one voyage she carried eight boats, five years' provisions for men and dogs, and coal for four months. | A series of 40 subjects | now being packed | with these cigarettes
Note: Image and information courtesy of Evan Jones, Wiltshire, England.