Henry Bowers, British explorer

Henry Bowers, British explorer

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Credit: SCOTT POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Henry Robertson 'Birdie' Bowers (1883-1912), British explorer, in Antarctica in April 1911, wearing a sledging outfit and standing next to a sledge. Lieutenant Bowers was part of 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 33 spent two seasons exploring on and around the Ross Ice Shelf. Scott, Bowers and three others died in 1912 returning from their journey to the South Pole. Scott wrote that Bowers 'remained cheerful, hopeful, and indomitable to the end.' Photographed by Herbert George Ponting.

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