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. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale. – Captain Robert Falcon Scott
A new set of 52 images are set for auction, revealing slices of life during Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s doomed Terra Nova Expedition of 1910. Scott would never return from his second trip to Antarctica, succumbing to exhaustion, starvation and cold just 11 miles from a supply depot. Though he and his men did reach the South Pole, they’d been beaten by explorer Roald Amundsen by just 33 days. Many modern scholars attribute the loss of the returning expedition to their reliance on ponies rather than climate-adapted dogs.
But we have been to the Pole and we shall die like gentlemen. I regret only for the women we leave behind. – Captain Robert Falcon Scott