Scott had spent the past few months trying to stump up money, with tedious result. "£40 to-day," he wrote, "nothing from Wales -- made an agreement with Bowring to pay only £5,000 on the eighth, don't know how I shall manage even that." 
This £5,000 was the first of a £12,500 payment for a ship. As the Discovery, which had been sold upon return from the Antarctic, was not available, nor either Morning or Nimrod, this was to be the Terra Nova.
 George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.
 R.F. Scott, [source not given], quoted by David Crane in Scott of the Antarctic (New York : Knopf, c2005), p.359.