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Thread #170822   Message #4131999
Posted By: GUEST,henryp
11-Jan-22 - 05:43 PM
Thread Name: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
Hussey Banjo

In 1959, Hussey donated the banjo to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. It forms a key exhibit in the story of the Shackleton Expedition. The instrument is officially described by the museum as: Wood, skin and metal zither banjo, inlaid with mother of pearl which belonged to Dr L.D.A. Hussey, the meteorologist on 'Endurance'. The banjo was rescued from the ship before she sank, crushed by the ice of the Weddell Sea. Hussey played it during morale-raising concert parties organised by the survivors while they awaited rescue on Elephant Island.

The banjo has been signed by expedition members and others as follows 'E.H. Shackleton, Frank Wild, Ruby Page le Brawn, Frank A. Worsley, L. Rickenson, George E. Marston, L.D.A. Hussey, A.H. Macklin, Frank Hurley, A.J. Kerr, F.W. Edwards, J.M. Wordie, T.O. Lees, C. Green, A. Cheetham, R.W. James, L. Greenstreet, Robert S. Clark, Harry McNeish'. The banjo comes complete with a leather carrying case.