Scott’s Last Expedition

Scott’s Last Expedition by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Doctor David Wilson

Introduced by Anne Brichto of Addyman Books, with additional material from Emma Balch, and the British Library

Scott’s last Expedition, the Journals of Captain Scott in two volumes has been in constant publication since it was was first published by Smith, Elder & Co. in 1913.

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Volume 1 contains a preface by the geographer, explorer and writer, Sir Clements R Markham and the Journals of Captain Scott. Volume 2 has the Reports of the Journeys & the Scientific Work by Dr Wilson and the Surviving Members of the Expedition arranged by Leonard Huxley.

From Anne at Addyman Books, Hay-on-Wye:

This is our recreation of Captain Scott’s hut in Antarctica upstairs in our Lion Street shop where we have placed some of our Polar and mountaineering books. The first customer who braved our steep steps bought a guide to Everest so we were happy. Here is Mr Addyman posing as Captain Scott:

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A rather good likeness, no?

Here’s the real Captain Scott, writing in his journal in his hut at Cape Evans in 1911:

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Robert Falcon Scott (1868 – 1912) and his four companions reached the South Pole on 7 January 1912, just one month after their rival Norwegian party, led by Roald Amundsen.

Realising that they had been beaten they attempted to make it back to their supply base but the journey was dogged by misfortune and all the men died.

Edgar Evans suffered a fatal concussion in February, and in March Scott’s diary records the heroic end of Captain Lawrence ‘Titus’ Oates who, stricken with frostbite, walked out from the camp to his death, with the words, ‘I may be some time’.

Scott and his two remaining companions were caught in a blizzard and perished only 11 miles from the next supply depot. In his last diary entry he recognises that there is no hope of survival. He writes letters to his family and friends but, perhaps most famously, his final sentence, ‘for God’s sake look after our people’ was reiterated in his last message to the nation.

Here is the final page from Scott’s journal:

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