ANTARCTIC TRADE CARDS - Originally Series 2
Erebus & Terror, 1845.
098. EREBUS & TERROR, 1845. Issued by R. & J. Hill Ltd. (1940). Card number 8 in a set of 50 entitled "Famous Ships". Size: Ca. 2.1" x 1.5". Note: There are varnished and mat versions.
Recto: The two ships, under sail, with ice mountains behind. At the bottom: EREBUS & TERROR, 1845
Verso: FAMOUS | SHIPS | No. 8 | "EREBUS & TERROR." | The names Erebus and Terror are bound up with the history of the exploration of Antarctica. Erebus is a volcano, and Terror another volcanic peak: both were discovered by Captain James Ross in 1841, and named after his ships.
The craft shown in this picture were used in another British Expedition, which sailed from the Thames on May 19th, 1845, to explore the N.W. Passage.
Sir John Franklin was in command, and the vessels were last sighted in Baffin Bay. Thirty-nine expeditions were sent from Britain and America to try to find the missing explorers, and it was finally established that Franklin achieved his task and passed away in 1847. | ISSUED BY R. & J. HILL LTD. | Proprietors of | HY. ARCHER & CO. | LONDON & BIRMINGHAM
Note: Image and information courtesy of Evan Jones, Wiltshire, England.