Here’s what it looked like in the captain’s cabin of HMS Erebus in 1845. Historical illustrations such as this one are especially useful in archaeology in that they help to tell the story of sites and artifacts.© Illustrated London News
Where was it found? It was found at the stern end of the wreck where the stern gallery was located. The stern of the wreck suffered extensive damage and most of the stern gallery has collapsed to the seafloor below.
What makes it special? The captain’s cabin enjoyed more comfortable surroundings and natural light than the rest of the ship. The glass artifact is an example of a means of letting natural light filter inside the ship that complements the deck illuminators already recovered from the wreck. Illuminators and a skylight, that is no longer intact, also lit the captain's cabin during the daytime. At nighttime, or during the long, dark Arctic winters, oil lamps and candles would have provided lighting.