For God’s sake look after our people


Last page of Robert Falcon Scott’s diary, 29 March 1912.

“Title: Last words in Capt. Scott’s journal
Description: glass plate negative;Includes typescript of last entry
Collection: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Ponting Collection)
Summary text: Photograph of last entry (variation made by Ponting of his original negative).
Date: 1913″
— from the Scott Polar Research Institute, Ponting Collection

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Scott’s final resting place


“After discovering the frozen bodies of Scott, Edward Wilson and Henry Bowers, Cherry-Garrard wrote: ‘We have found them – to say it has been a ghastly day cannot express it – it is too bad for words.’”

Read more about Apsley Cherry-Garrard and the end of the Terra Nova expedition: Daily Mirror, 2012.

The Worst Journey in the World, by Apsley Cherry-Garrard: read online.

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The worst journey in the world


“Scott was found frozen to death with several men south of the 1 Ton Supply depot in a tent, marked Tent, on the map.”

Map by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910 – 1913, Vol. II, p. 542., pub. 1922.

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Great God! This is an awful place.

“Great God! This is an awful place.” — Scott’s diaries


Robert Falcon Scott and his men at the South Pole, in front of Amundsen’s “Polheim.” Left to right: Scott, Bowers, Wilson, and P. O. Evans, 18 January 1912. Photo: Lawrence Oates.


Team photo at the South Pole: Wilson, Scott and Oates (standing); and Bowers and Evans (sitting), 18 January 1912. Photo by Henry Bowers.

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Amundsen shooting the sun


“Taking an observation at the pole”. In: “The South Pole”, by Roald Amundsen, 1872-1928. P. 112, Volume II, Library Call Number M82.1/99 A529s, NOAA Photo Library.

“Using Amundsen’s diary, Roland Huntford (in The Amundsen Photographs) describes the photo as “Shooting the sun at the South Geographical Pole. Amundsen (left) is holding a sextant. Helmer Hanssen (right) is bending over the artificial horizon, which is a tray of mercury. Amundsen is lining up the direct image of the sun with its reflection in the surface of the mercury.” — [Controversy and more information about this photograph:]

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Amundsen’s route


Amundsen’s route to the South Pole, in red [image via]

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Amundsen reaches the South Pole


Amundsen and his team reached the South Pole on 14 December 1911.

“Roald Amundsen, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel and Oscar Wisting (l–r) at “Polheim”, the tent was upright at the South Pole on 16 December 1911. The top flag is the Flag of Norway; the bottom is marked “Fram”. Photograph by Olav Bjaaland.”

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