The furthest south: Lat 85° 17’ South, National Antarctic Expedition.

Dr Wilson and Commander Scott at the camp set up on The Great Ice Barrier (Ross Ice Shelf) where they stopped at their furthest south on the first attempt to reach the South Pole. The camp was erected at Lat 85° 15’, but Wilson and Scott then walked a mile or two south, so the official latitude is slightly different.

Two of the sledges are in the foreground, with Scott standing beside the tent. On the right, in the background, can be seen the cliffs of the Antarctic continent.

Commander Scott left with Dr Wilson and Shackleton on Sunday 2 November 1902, with a team of 19 dogs and five sledges. They set up camp on 30 December having decided that they would not achieve their goal of reaching the Pole.

Object Details

ID: ALB0346.36
Type: Photographic print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Shackleton, Ernest Henry
Date made: 30 December 1902
People: Scott, Robert Falcon
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Bernard Collection
Measurements: Overall: 78 mm x 103 mm
Parts: British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1903 (Photograph album)

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