Terra Nova Antarctic motor sledge, 1911

Terra Nova Antarctic motor sledge, 1911

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Credit: SCOTT POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Terra Nova Antarctic motor sledge. Motor mechanic Bernard Day (1884-1934) working in October 1911 on the engine of one of the motorised sledges used on the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913). Mount Erebus is in the background. The two motorised sledges (a third was lost during unloading) proved unreliable, failing during the journey to the South Pole. 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 journey to the South Pole.

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