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Terra Nova Antarctic ponies, 1910

Terra Nova Antarctic ponies, 1910

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SCOTT POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SCOTT POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Terra Nova Antarctic ponies. British Army officer Lawrence 'Titus' Oates (1880-1912) in December 1910, on the Terra Nova ship with ponies and dogs, sailing to Antarctica for the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913). Also known as the Terra Nova Expedition, the primary objectives were scientific. Led by Robert Falcon Scott, a shore party of 33 spent two seasons exploring on and around the Ross Ice Shelf. Nineteen Manchurian ponies were shipped, but by 9 December 1911, those remaining had weakened on the journey to the South Pole and had been shot to provide food. Scott, Oates and three others died in 1912 returning from the South Pole.

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