The late 19th century saw increased activity toward exploration of the polar regions to the north and south and the suitability of the sturdy Dundee whalers saw them drawn into the ‘heroic age’ of polar exploration. This was the period associated with the expeditions of Scott, Shackleton, Bruce, Mawson, Amundsen and explorers from many other nations who used wooden ships to enter unknown polar regions in pursuit of territorial advancement and science. Terra Nova, a large and powerful steam whaler was seconded from the seal fishery in Newfoundland as relief ship for the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, and the United States Fiala-Ziegler Arctic Expedition, 1903-1905. Her most famous role was for three years as the expedition ship for the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913, led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott, RN. There is a foreword by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.
“Splendid reading…in the heroic nature of high latitude navigation” – International Journal of Maritime History, Memorial University of Newfoundland
“Richly illustrated book, beautifully crafted, a pleasure to own” – Polar Record, University of Cambridge
ANTARCTIC EXPLORER AND WAR HERO – The Man who found Captain Scott
Surgeon Captain Edward Leicester Atkinson (1881-1929) DSO AM MRCS LRCP Royal Navy
by Michael C. Tarver
This is a story of a Royal Naval surgeon who took part in the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913, led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott RN. Surgeon Atkinson was one of sixteen men who set out towards the South Pole from which Scott and his four companions failed to return. Much of the responsibility for the aftermath of the expedition and that fateful return, fell on Atkinson as the senior naval officer left in command who led the search to find the bodies. These events were closely followed by the Great War, 1914-1918, in which Atkinson went on to serve and was severely wounded. It is a story of crisis, adventure, grit and determination shown in Antarctica and later during the Great War, by a man determined to loyally serve his country.
“A very readable and informative life of an extraordinary man” – Mr. G Cope Wiltshire.
“Astonishly well researched and written.” – Mr. R C Holland.
“The first full biography of an action packed life – Atkinson’s modesty was legendary – his courage and determination lives on” – ‘Geographical’ Magazine of the Royal Geographical Society
The Author’s study of the polar regions and his visits to the Antarctic Continent has inspired into a closer research in the risks and consequences encountered by explorers of the ‘heroic age’. As an offshore yachtsman he sailed from the West Country for many years. He is a member of the Scott Polar Research Institute with its many associated polar organisations and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
BOOKS by Michael C. Tarver FRGS
SS TERRA NOVA (1884-1943)
Whaler, Sealer and Polar Exploration Ship
ANTARCTIC EXPLORER AND WAR HERO
The Man who found Captain Scott
Surgeon Captain Edward Leicester Atkinson (1881-1929)
DSO AM MRCS LRCP Royal Navy
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