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- Publisher: Nonsuch Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 38mm | 662g
- Publication date: 1 April 2006
- Publication City/Country: Stroud
- ISBN 10: 1845880579
- ISBN 13: 9781845880576
- Illustrations note: 7 colour
- Sales rank: 967,612
Written on his return to England, Scott's "The Voyage of the Discovery" provides a detailed and fascinating account of Antarctic exploration in the early twentieth century. Starting with a history of early discoveries in the region, he goes on to record the difficulties of organizing such an expedition and the challenges and dangers involved in the exploration of such a wild and untamed continent. Scott's account reflects the sense of wonder and amazement that he felt on discovering the strange and exotic fauna of the region, the problems caused by the unpredictable and often harsh weather, the comradeship of the men forced to co-exist in cramped quarters and the hardships and privations faced by a crew who had no help nearby in times of distress and only the provisions they could carry to see them through the trip. Beautifully illustrated with photographs of the expedition and pictures drawn by Dr. Wilson of the area, "Voyage" is a fascinating account of a land that was eventually to claim the author's life.
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Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) joined the navy at the age of 12. After rising through the ranks on various ships, in 1899 he was offered command of the National Antarctic expedition. Scott and his crew left England on the Discovery in 1901 and spent two years exploring the Antarctic. On his return he was promoted Captain and returned to his duties in the Navy. In 1910 Scott left on his second mission to the Antarctic, this time with the aim of reaching the pole. He reached the pole on 18 January 1912, only to find that Amundsen had beaten him to it. The return journey was beset by bad weather and a relief party failed to reach Scott's group. He made his last entry in his diary on the 29th March. Eight months later a search party found the bodies of Scott and his remaining companions.