Discovery Illustrated: Pictures from Captain Scott’s First Antarctic Expedition
J.V.Skelton and D.M.Wilson
Cheltenham, Reardon Publishing © 2001
500 images in colour and black and white, from one of the greatest of heroic age Antarctic Expeditions. With diary quotations from Chief Engineer R.A. Skelton and Dr. E.A Wilson.
Judy Skelton and David Wilson have used the original photographs, paintings and drawings from the British National Antarctic Expedition (1901-1904) aboard Discovery, together with extracts from their forebears’ journals, to give the reader an experience of this voyage of exploration as close as possible to that of the men who experienced it 100 years ago.
The Expedition’s scientific and geographical achievements were truly remarkable. The members of the expedition were the first men to travel any distance into the interior of the Antarctic continent, surveying and making meticulous geographical observations as they battled to survive the hostile elements. They also studied and recorded the geology and the flora and fauna, discovering huge numbers of new species, and took copious, magnetic, meteorological and gravitational measurements.
Stories of football on the ice – with the enthusiastic participation of a penguin – musical and theatrical entertainments, as well as ‘The South Polar Times’, ‘Discovery’s’ winter magazine, amply illustrate the lighter side of expedition life.
All Royalties will benefit the work of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge.