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Photograph of the crew of HMS Venus DUNIH 2016.30.21

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Photograph of the crew of HMS Venus

Photograph, black and white mounted on brown card, of Frank Plumley on board HMS Venus with crew members and ship's dog showing a Sawfish that had been caught. Frank Plumley served on HMS Venus during World War I from 12 March 1915 until 31 October 1917. Young sailor 2nd in from the left, front row, sitting on the deck, is Edward John Smith.

Part of a collection of material relating to Frank Plumley, one of the stokers on board Discovery during the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904. Plumley joined Discovery from H.M.S Gibraltar at Capetown, South Africa. During the expedition he took an active part in the polar camp, taking part in practice runs to test equipment and sledging journeys. He was part of Lieutenant Barnes first attempt to reach Cape Crozier in March 1902, this journey struck trouble when a blizzard swept over the Hut Point Peninsula sending George Vince to his death. He later played a part in Captain Scotts Western Attempt in October 1903. After Discovery Plumley served on a served on a number of ships including Dreadnought, Venus and King George V. He saw active service with the Navy during World War I and returned to civilian life in 1919 where he was employed as a blacksmith at Gun Wharf in Portsmouth. Frank died in 1971, aged 95, in Newport on the Isle of Wight.

Number: DUNIH 2016.30.21
Name: Photograph of the crew of HMS Venus
Date: 1915-03-12 - 1917-10-31
Location: In Store