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Polar Tragedy, Scott’s Expedition Story

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Mr. GH Pouting, the expedition’s photographer, exhibited a wonderful series of photographs of seal and penguin life, as well as interesting motion pictures of sledding parties.

TRIBUTE TO LORD CURZON

Lord Curzon welcomed the survivors as men who had not only dared and suffered, who had accomplished what entitled them to the gratitude of their countrymen and the admiration of the world.

He said that when the result of Captain Scott’s labors was published it would stand at the forefront of contributions to our knowledge of Antarctica, and a true monument to Captain Scott and his men greater than carved effigies or inscriptions engraved. The expedition will be remembered not only for its supreme tragedy, but for its splendid talc of accomplishments.

Captain Scott writes in his den in the Terra Nova hut on October 7, 1911.

ADDRESS OF COMMANDER EVANS

Commander Evans said Captain Scott’s organization and completeness of equipment was splendid so that the expedition remained self-sufficient even after his death. He paid tribute to the bravery of Lieutenant Bowers, Cherry-Garrard and Seaman Crean as they drifted on a sea of ​​ice near Hut Point, Crean gallantly leaping from ice floe to ice floe and fetching water. aid. Lt. Bowers and Cherry-Garrard floated on the broken ice with the ponies for an entire day before being rescued.

Continuing, he said the expedition to the Dry Valley found a lake full of algae. They washed the gravel for gold, but only found magnetite.

The speaker detailed the group’s life in their winter quarters and described Dr. Wilson’s trip to Cape Croisier to observe the penguins’ habits. The group, he says, nearly perished in a gust of wind. Their tent exploded and they slept in their sleeping bags in the open air for two days. When the march south began, Mr. Cecil H. Meares’ support party traveled farther south than their return rations warranted. He and Demitrion, in their march of 450 miles north, deprived themselves of one meal a day so as not to deplete the deposits. When the last support group’s turn came to leave Captain Scott on his run to the pole, they gave three cheers for him and his group, and watched as the fearless five disappeared over the horizon.

HONOR BRAVERY

A letter written by British polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott titled

A letter written by British polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott titled “To my widow” before he died in Antarctica in 1912.

Continuing, Commander Evans recounted how he had secretly moved the hands of his watch forward in order to get an extra hour’s march on the return trip. He praised sailors Crean and Lashly for refusing to leave him when he was attacked by scurvy, and said the two had been recommended for the Albert Medal.

Commander Evans then detailed Captain Scott’s journey to the pole, as revealed in the Chief’s journal. Captain Scott came across the tracks of Captain Amundsen’s dogs at latitude 88 and followed them to the pole, which he located within half a mile of Captain Amundsen’s calculations. It was, the speaker remarked, a fine piece of work by both expeditions.

A MAGNIFICENT SPIRIT

“Lady Scott,” Commander Evans continued, “noted the magnificent spirit shown by the group in not making an uncharitable remark when they knew they had been anticipated. Upon return, and after death of Petty Officer Evans, Captain Scott must have realized, by the gradually shortened marches, how little hope there was of reaching winter quarters.In the last stages of the march, only three miles were walked daily. Captain Oates was badly frozen and constantly called on Dr. Wilson for advice, asking what he could do. Dr. Wilson could only reply: “Hold on; just hang around Captain Oates died on his birthday.

“Doctor Wilson was nicknamed ‘the peacemaker’ by the members of the expedition. Thanks to him, they never had a quarrel or an angry word. Lieutenant Bowers was the party’s favorite comedian and a wonderful little fellow, whom Captain Stott described as the hardiest man who had ever embarked on a polar voyage. Captain Scott himself was the heart and brain of the expedition.

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Commander Evans paid glowing tribute to the work of Lt. VCA Campbell’s Eastern Exploration Team and said Dr. Griffith Taylor had made a most valuable trip to Victoria Land for geological and scientific purposes. survey. He hoped that the doctor would deliver a special article on the work of this expedition. The Terra Nova’s ocean work wall also deserves special accounts.

Commander Evans concluded by thanking the public in Britain and the Overseas Dominions for their generous support in response to Captain Scott’s final appeal, and said the amount donated would help support the loved ones of the victims and to provide funds to publish the records of The Expedition.