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The Crews of H. M. S. Hecla and Griper cutting into Winter Harbour. Septr. 26th. 1819.

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: aquatint
Maker: Westall, W.; Beechey; Murray, John
Place made: United Kingdom, Greater London, London
Date made: 1821
Materials: ink; paper
Measurements: 7 in x 9 3/4 in
Nomenclature: arctic; icebreaking; Hecla and Griper
Classification: exploration

Depiction of an Arctic scene with teams of men working to cut and pull away sections of ice, producing a narrow channel in a large, all-encompassing ice sheet. In the background, two ships--the Hecla and the Griper--make their way down the cleared section of the channel. In the left-hand foreground, several men with weapons gather, with a large dog seated by them, and another man holds up a lead to another dog. A third canine guards some barrels at left; behind him, seamen are pulling on ropes to elevate a large section of ice. Title and artist attributions printed in lower margin.