This barrel is the crow’s nest from the Quest, the ship Sir Ernest Shackleton used for his last Antarctic voyage. Originally a 125-ton Norwegian sailing ship, he renamed it Quest and fitted it up for the expedition known as the Shackleton-Rowett Expedition 1921-1922.
The barrel is now located in the Crypt Museum at All Hallows by the Tower Church, London. It is a mystery how it came to be at the church but Reverend Philip Thomas Byard (Tubby) Clayton regularly used it in his fund-raising drives and it is assumed he acquired the barrel through his extentesive network of friends and connections.
877 photos taken in August 2021 with a Sony a7RIII and processed in Reality Capture.