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The Terra Nova Expedition, officially the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910, was led by Robert Falcon Scott with the objectives of scientific research (meteorological, geological, geographical and zoological) and also of being the first to reach the South Pole.

Scott and four companions attained the pole on 17 January 1912, where they found that a Norwegian team led by Roald Amundsen had preceded them by 34 days. By marked contrast, the British team, led by Scott, arrived at the Pole on January 17, 1912, more than a month after Amundsen's expedition had laid claim to the place.


Scott and his four companions had traveled roughly the same distance south as their rivals, both teams setting out -- two weeks apart -- from different points on the northern edge of the Ross Ice Shelf. But where the Norwegians had been healthy and focused when they arrived at the South Pole, Scott and his men were debilitated and dispirited after an exhausting journey.


Although the British team had left base camp with ponies to pull the sledging loads, the animals proved ill-suited to the terrain and had to be shot before the expedition reached the Transantarctic Mountains. From that point on, some 300 miles north of the Pole, the British party had man-hauled their sledges. It was backbreaking work with the men pulling an average of 200 pounds apiece, made more difficult by the absence of snowshoes and the party's lack of systematic training in using skis. Scott and his men were inadequately clothed and most likely suffering the early symptoms of scurvy, a result of poor nutritional preparation.

On the 12th of November, some 8 months later, a search party found a tent containing the frozen bodies of Scott, Wilson and Bowers, 11 miles (18 km) south of One Ton Depot. Atkinson read the relevant portions of Scott's diaries, and the nature of the disaster was revealed. After diaries, personal effects and records had been collected, the tent was collapsed over the bodies and a cairn of snow erected, topped by a cross fashioned from Gran's skis. The party searched further south for Oates's body, but found only his sleeping bag. On 15 November, they raised a cairn near to where they believed he had died.

Ben Saunders on 'The Terra Nova Expedition'

To find out more about Ben Saunders and The Scott Expedition 2013, visit the "Involvement" section of this web site.

Scott's Hut is a building located on the north shore of Cape Evans on Ross Island in Antarctica. It was erected in 1911 by the members of the party, and was used as shelter and storage during the expedition.

Although abandoned from 1917, the hut and its contents are remarkably well preserved today due to the consistently sub-freezing conditions, and with restoration help from The Antarctic Heritage Trust (New Zealand) and others.

VASSdesign related Art

With the help of the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, Google Maps added 360-imagery of many important spots, inside and out, such as Scott's Cape Evans Hut. I highly recommend checking these out!


Scott's Hut, Cape Evans on Ross Island, Google Street View


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In tribute to Robert Falcon Scott, and his final Antarctic Expedition. Reproduction concept of vintage poster.

' ANTARCTICA First to the South       Pole ' by VASSdesign

Artists rendition based on an Italian ad about Amundsen and Scott in Antarctica.


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Expeditions would sometimes rely on commercial sponsorship, and numerous companies provided Scott’s expedition with the equipment they needed, from foods and medical stores to woolly underwear and fuel. In return, the companies could use the expedition in their advertising. One of which was J. S. Fry & Sons, who provided the expedition with 'Fry's Pure Concentrated Cocoa.'

This hand painted creation is a reproduction concept of the crates that can still be found in Scott's Cape Evans hut.


The articles left behind at Cape Evans have always intrigued me, and were the inspiration behind the creation of one of my favorite reproduction concepts "HOMELIGHT" .


Original concept design in tribute to the Scott Expedition of 1910. All parts of this image were hand drawn!! Very Unique! Part of the Age of Polar Exploration collection.

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This sign was inspired by two iconic images taken by Expedition photographer Herbert Ponting. The images were digitally remastered and combined into one, creating this wonderful vintage style collectible that pays tribute to the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910 led by Robert Falcon Scott.


  by VASSdesign

In tribute to The British Antarctic Expedition of 1910. Reproduction concept of Expedition Emblem.

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 by VASSdesign

The story of Scott and his companions final part of the Expedition to the South pole has always been one of my most favorite stories about courage, hope, endurance, perseverance and tragedy. It was for those reasons that I felt compelled to create a original and unique commemorative design.


All aspects of this sign were digitally hand drawn.

The image of Scott and his companions at the pole took several hours of work a day over a span of 5 weeks, and became the most detailed images I have ever worked on, and one of my most favorite personal creations.


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British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13, Shell Motor Spirit coloured advertising postcard, used in 1911. Reproduction concept.


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Reproduction concept of The Gaumont Co. Ltd. London "Captain Scott, R.N. To the South Pole" A film by Herbert G. Ponting.

Feeding at 30 Below Zero Demo Sign


 by VASSdesign

Reproduction concept of The Gaumont Co. Ltd. London "Captain Scott, R.N. To the South Pole" A film by Herbert G. Ponting.

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