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The discovery of Captain Scott

Posted in Adventure, Anniversary, Exploration on Monday, 1 November 2010

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Captain Robert Scott reaches the South Pole. Illustration by Angus McBride

12 November marks the anniversary of the discovery of the remains of Captain Robert F. Scott in 1912. Scott, born in 1868, led the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica in 1910, but had trouble setting up a base. He encountered a rival party led by Roald Amundsen but declined any assistance, finally setting up a camp in February 1911. In October, Scott and some of his party set off for the South Pole, which Scott and four others reached in January 1912.

The homeward journey proved impossible to make. With their health deteriorating, one member of the team, Lawrence Oates, famously departed their tent with the words “I am just going outside and I may be some time”. Scott’s last entry in his diary was dated 29 March 1912. The bodies of three members of the expedition (Scott, Wilson and Bowers) were discovered frozen in their tent in November.

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