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Lawrence Oates – Sacrifice Or Suicide?

The Death of Captain Lawrence Oates. Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica, March 17th, 1912. “Tragedy all along the line..” “We knew that poor Oates was walking to his death, but though we tried to dissuade him, we knew it was the act of a br...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Aug 6, 2016

Lawrence Oates – A Brief Biography.

Captain Lawrence Oates. A Brief Video Biography. On March 17th 1912, the day of his 32nd birthday, Lawrence Oates walked to his death, from the tent of the returning Polar Party, and into the realm of Antarctic heroes. Oates was among a group of five...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Mar 17, 2016

The Iconic Tom Crean Portrait

The Iconic Tom Crean Portrait The Endurance Expedition 1914 – 1917 It is 101 years to the day, since Frank Hurley took this iconic photograph of the Irish explorer Tom Crean, during the Endurance Expedition. The setting for the powerful image w...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Feb 6, 2016

On This Day – February 4th In Antarctic History

February 4th 1902 Discovery Expedition On 4 February 1902, Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition, landed on the Barrier and unloaded an observation balloon which Scott had brought along for the purpose of achieving aerial surveys. Scott hi...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Feb 4, 2016

On This Day – January 22nd 1913

Memorial Cross Raised On Observation Hill Terra Nova Expedition On January 22nd 1913 Tom Crean, and the rest of the expedition team raised a memorial cross in honour of the Polar Party, all of whom had died on their return march from the South Pole.
by Tom Crean Discovery on Jan 22, 2016

On This Day – January 17th 1912

Scott’s Polar Party Reach The South Pole. Terra Nova Expedition. “Great God! This is an awful place …..” Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Edgar ‘Taff’ Evans and Lawrence Oates arrived at the South...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Jan 16, 2016

Tom Crean’s Rabbit – A Quote from Scott’s Journal.

The Terra Nova Expedition. Journal Entry – December 25th 1910. “An event of Christmas was the production of a family by Crean’s rabbit. She gave birth to 17, it is said, and Crean has given away 22! I don’t know what will become of th...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Jan 16, 2016

On This Day – January 4th 1912

Crean and Scott’s Last Farewell Terra Nova Expedition January 4th 1912 On January 4th, 1912, Tom Crean would bid a final farewell to Captain Robert Falcon Scott, on the Polar Plateau, approximately 150 miles from the South Pole. Crean had serv...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Jan 3, 2016

South Pole Route Maps – Amundsen & Scott.

On the Nimrod Expedition (1907-1909), Shackleton, Wild, Adams and Marshall had reached a new Furthest South record at latitude 82°17′S, on January 9th 1909, before electing to abandon their quest, 97 miles from the South Pole. Shackleton had astut...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Nov 20, 2015

On This Day – November 19th 1911.

Terra Nova Expedition – Southern Journey. Outward March – Camp 15, November 19th 1911. It was day 19 of Robert Falcon Scott’s Southern Journey, and progress was slower than Scott had expected. The ponies were struggling in the har...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Nov 19, 2015

On This Day – November 16th 1911.

Scott’s Southern Journey. November 16th 1911 The Terra Nova Expedition. Extracts from Robert Falcon Scott’s Diary. Wednesday, November 15. – Camp 12. “Found our One Ton Camp without any difficulty [130 geographical miles from Cape...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Nov 16, 2015

Scott’s Diary – November 4th 1911.

Extract From Scott’s Diary Saturday November 4th 1911. “Just after starting picked up cheerful note and saw cheerful notices saying all well with motors, both going excellently. Day wrote ‘Hope to meet in 80° 30′ (Lat.).’ P...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Nov 4, 2015

The Southern Journey Remembered.

Scott’s Southern Journey. A Quotation by Thomas Griffith Taylor. NOVEMBER 1st 1911 “Cherry had Michael, a steady goer, and Wilson led Nobby — the pony rescued from the killer whales in March…. Christopher, as usual, behaved like a...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Nov 2, 2015

Scott Leaves Cape Evans – Destination The South Pole.

On This Day – November 1st 1911 – The Push For The Pole The Terra Nova Expedition On November 1st 1911, Captain Robert Falcon Scott departed the base camp hut at Cape Evans, for the last time. The Pony Party consisted of Scott and nine ot...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Nov 1, 2015

Scott’s Southern Journey, Day 1 – Photo Gallery

Scott’s Southern Journey. On This Day – November 1st 1911. A collection of photographs taken on November 1st 1911, as Captain Robert Falcon Scott embarked upon his quest to be first to reach the South Pole. Prior to his departure, Scott h...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Nov 1, 2015

The Motor Party departs for the South Pole & the Southern Journey Begins.

On This Day – October 24th 1911. The Terra Nova Expedition. Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s assault on the South Pole was finally set in motion on October 24th 1911, when the “Motor Party’ rolled out of Cape Evans with two motor...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Oct 23, 2015

The Last Place On Earth

The Last Place On Earth A Central Television Production, 1985 The story itself is long over a century old, and this television production has notched three decades since its first airing. This is the story of Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition, whic...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Oct 11, 2015

Herbert Ponting – Antarctic Landscapes

The Photographs of Herbert Ponting From The Terra Nova Expedition A collection of some of Herbert Ponting’s photographs of Antarctica, taken during Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition, 1910-1913. View image | gettyimages.com...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Sep 14, 2015

Herbert Ponting

Expedition Photographer The Terra Nova Expedition Herbert Ponting (21 March 1870 – 7 February 1935) was the photographer and cinematographer for Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition (1910-1913) to Antarctica. By the time the Terra Nova...
by Tom Crean Discovery on Sep 14, 2015

Explore Newfoundland’s Eastport Peninsula [video post]

There’s nothing like a good national park that’s only a three-hour drive away. This past weekend, Tim and I took advantage of the proximity and camped for two nights in Terra Nova National Park. It may not be Newfoundland’s biggest...
by Marie Away on Aug 6, 2015


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