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Return to Antarctica: The Amazing Adventure of Sir Charles Wright on Robert Scott's Journey to the South Pole

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Return to Antarctica marks the 100th anniversary of the Scott Expedition to the South Pole.

The South Pole, one of the world's final - and most inhospitable - frontiers, had become the frantic obsession of British naval officer Robert Scott. Despite the heavy odds facing him - not the least of which were a lack of money and necessary equipment, and his own inflated sense of his skill as a leader - Scott gathered together an eclectic group of naval personnel and scientists, ...

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Overview

Return to Antarctica marks the 100th anniversary of the Scott Expedition to the South Pole.

The South Pole, one of the world's final - and most inhospitable - frontiers, had become the frantic obsession of British naval officer Robert Scott. Despite the heavy odds facing him - not the least of which were a lack of money and necessary equipment, and his own inflated sense of his skill as a leader - Scott gathered together an eclectic group of naval personnel and scientists, including one Canadian, Charles Seymour "Silas" Wright, and in 1910 sailed from London for the Antarctic in the overloaded and leaking ex-sealing vessel Terra Nova. Halfway through the rough passage to the Antarctic, Scott got word that his nemesis - rival explorer Norwegian Roald Amundsen - was also making a run for the Pole. What started out as a stroll to the South Pole became a desperate race between two very determined and different men.

Return to Antarctica transports the reader to the very time and place of the Scott expedition through the eyes of Charles Wright, as told by Adrian Raeside, who grew up with his grandfather's personal stories from the expedition. In the Antarctic summer of 2008-2009, Raeside travelled to Antarctica to retrace his grandfather's footsteps and to gain perspective on a daring adventure of a hundred years ago that challenged the explorers' courage, resilience and sanity. Raeside's unique storytelling, supported by startling revelations from previously unpublished accounts, drawings and photographs, does admirable justice to the legacy of the men who literally followed Robert Scott to the end of the Earth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470932155
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/8/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Raeside was born in 1957, in Dunedin, New Zealand, and is one of the few people alive who actually knew men from Scott's expedition personally. His editorial cartoons, which have appeared in the Victoria Times Colonist for 30 years, and his Other Coast comic strips are syndicated to hundreds of newspapers and magazines worldwide.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part I 650 - 1911 Discovery of Antarctica and Silas's Arrival at Cape Evans

Chapter 1 The Last Unexploited Place on Earth 3

Chapter 2 Charles Seymour "Silas" Wright 23

Chapter 3 The 1910 British Antarctic Expedition 35

Chapter 4 Voyage to New Zealand 51

Chapter 5 To the Ice 71

Part II 1911 - 1912 The First Inland Expeditions and the Journey to the South Pole

Chapter 6 Arrival, 1911 89

Chapter 7 The Western Party 107

Chapter 8 Depot Laying, 1911 125

Chapter 9 The Northern Party 135

Chapter 10 The First Winter, 1911 161

Chapter 11 The Southern Journey, 1911 191

Chapter 12 The Beardmore Glacier 209

Chapter 13 Silas's Return from the Beardmore 219

Chapter 14 The South Pole and Return Journey 227

Part III 1912 - 1914 The Search for Scott and the Return Home

Chapter 15 The Disaster 241

Chapter 16 The Second Winter 251

Chapter 17 The Search Party 261

Chapter 18 Home 275

Chapter 19 Polar Redux 281

Chapter 20 What Became of Everyone? 291

Appendix: Crew Names 301

Notes 303

Index 307

Photo Credits 320

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