Replica of Phipps and Irving insulated water bottle of 1773

Made:
1773 (original)
maker:
Constantine John Phipps

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Reconstruction of the insulated water-bottle made by Phipps and Irving in HMS Racehorse, 1773, with 2-dimensional illustration of water bottle in use.

Replica of the insulated water bottle used by Captain C J Phipps and Dr Charles Irving on HMS Racehorse on the 1773-1774 attempt to sail to the North Pole. The expedition, which was sponsored by the Royal Society and had the support of King George III, reached a latitude of 80 degrees and 48 minutes north before ice made further progress impossible. Water bottles such as this one were suspended on a rope or wire over the side of a ship in order to take samples of water from various depths.

Details

Category:
Oceanography
Object Number:
1987-326
Materials:
cord, cotton wool, fibreglass, glass, hardboard and textile
type:
replica
taxonomy:
  • object genres
  • copies (derivitive objects)
  • reproductions
  • materials
  • materials
  • inorganic material
  • containers
  • containers
  • vessels