November 30, 2009

November 1909


"The South Polar Expedition: Capt. Scott and his exploration ship 'Terra Nova'" [1]

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." [2]

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.


[1] George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.
[2] R.F. Scott, [source not given], quoted by David Crane in Scott of the Antarctic (New York : Knopf, c2005), p.359.

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