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Robert Falcon Scott
(1860-1912)

 

 

 

Britainís hero of the Antarctic, the life of Robert Scott remains one of the greatest exploration legends of the modern age. Having gone to sea at the age of thirteen, Scott was already an accomplished mariner when Sir Clements Markham, the former polar explorer and then president of the Royal Geographical Society, asked him to undertake an exploration of the frozen Antarctic continent in 1900. That exploration saw Scott reaching the furthest southern point to date, though he was still well shy of the South Pole. Inspired to reach this elusive, and dangerous, point on the map, Scott set out in 1912 along with five members of his polar-exploration team. Upon reaching their icy goal, Scott and his men were dismayed when they discovered that the Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, had reached the South Pole a month before.
Though Amundsen returned to his base camp without incident, Scott and his men were not so lucky. Emotionally crushed by their defeat, the English explorers set off to journey back to safety, never knowing that they were about to endure icy conditions so harsh that they were only duplicated once during the ensuing twentieth century. Two men died en route, while Scott and his companions lost their lives eleven miles away from safety. When discovered, the explorerís diary recorded his last thoughts. 
"Had we lived I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman."

Scott's Last Expedition

Robert Scott

ISBN 1590480694

 

A world of words has been written about this stirring book. For how many tomes were penned at the cost of the authorís life? What other book was discovered next to the frozen hands of the man who had written his last thoughts on icy paper nearly a year before? This is the expedition diary of Captain Robert Scott, the fabled British explorer who lost his life in 1912 while attempting to reach the South Pole, and on these pages is the tremendous story of how he set out to lead a tiny team of men towards a dangerous geographical mystery.

When Captain Peary of America claimed to have reached the North Pole in 1909, all eyes turned to the South Pole. The British Empire was at its zenith and national expectations were high that an Englishman should be the one to claim the other ice-bound crown. Captain Robert Scott was elected to carry British honour to that forbidden spot. Yet an element of international suspense occurred when it became known that the Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, was intent on beating the English there.

After careful preparation, Scott set off across Antarctica with four companions on what he hoped would be a successful push to the Pole. After a heroic effort his team reached the southern heart of the globe only to discover that Amundsen had arrived first. Then disappointment turned to death. On the return journey one man died from injuries sustained in a fall. Another, beset with frostbitten feet, disappeared in a blizzard. Finally Scott and his two surviving companions were trapped by horrific weather in their tent. In temperatures too cold to comprehend, they died only eleven miles from safety.

A remarkable and heart-moving account of men who made the ultimate sacrifice in their attempt to claim the Southern Crown, this book has a special Introduction written by the explorerís grandson, Falcon Scott.

This edition is being produced in an effort to raise awareness of the need to safeguard Scottís original hut, along with all of the remarkable memorabilia preserved within its frozen walls. The royalties will be donated to the Antarctic Heritage Trustís efforts to preserve the building listed as one of the most endangered sites in the world.


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