Thomas Crean, Irish explorer

Thomas Crean, Irish explorer

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Credit: SCOTT POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Thomas ('Tom') Crean (1877-1938), Irish explorer and British Royal Navy petty officer, with skis and poles for sledging. Crean served during the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913). Also known as the Terra Nova Expedition, the primary expedition objectives were scientific. Led by Robert Falcon Scott, the shore party of 34 spent two seasons exploring on and around the Ross Ice Shelf. Scott and four others died in 1912 returning from their attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole. Crean was an experienced Antarctic explorer, awarded three Polar Medals and the Albert Medal. Photographed in 1911 by Herbert George Ponting.

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