Wooden sea-chest

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Used by Alexander Selkirk

Postcard of Wooden sea-chest.
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Wooden sea-chest

This wooden sea-chest (pictured here closed) was used by Alexander Selkirk during his solitary stay on the island of Juan Fernandez in the Pacific Ocean from 1704-9. Born in Largo in Fife, Selkirk was the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe'.

Sea-chest of Alexander Selkirk of Lower Largo, Fife, used by him during his solitary stay on the island of Juan Fernandez in the Pacific Ocean, 1704 - 1709

In 1704, after a quarrel with his captain, Selkirk asked to be put ashore on the uninhabited island of Juan Fernandez, 800 miles off the coast of Chile. In 1713, four years after his rescue, his experiences were published, giving Defoe his inspiration.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-706-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NT 7
Date: 1704 - 1709
17th or 18th century
Dimensions: 610 mm x 457 mm x 914 mm
What: Sea chest
Subject: Miscellaneous (NMAS Classification)
Who: Alexander Selkirk (Owner)
Robinson Crusoe
Where: Chile, Juan Fernandez Islands
Scotland, Fife, Lower Largo
  • Keay, J. & J. (eds). Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland. London: HarperCollins, 1994, p 861. 
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