Visitors remember Captain’s heroic South Pole trek

RELIC Lt-Cdr Paul Hart with skis and a sledge used by the party that discovered Scott's body.  (121169-5816)
RELIC Lt-Cdr Paul Hart with skis and a sledge used by the party that discovered Scott's body. (121169-5816)
Picture: Malcolm Wells

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HE died leading a team of scientific explorers back from the South Pole.

Now 100 years on, the heroic Terra Nova Expedition which former Royal Navy officer Captain Robert Scott embarked on with four other comrades in Antarctica has been commemorated in Portsmouth.

VISIT June Anderson looking at an exhibit

VISIT June Anderson looking at an exhibit

Visitors to the National Museum of the Royal Navy got the chance to view film footage and pictures taken by cinematographer Herbert Ponting of the crew during their trek.

Acoustic guitarist Jake Wilson performed songs from his album All’s Well – a collection of five songs which describe Captain Scott and his team’s final moments.

The 33-year-old was inspired to write songs about the expedition after he came across a book about it called Scott’s Last Expedition in his parents house.

He said: ‘After reading it I became completely fascinated with Captain Scott’s tales of heroism. I then read others and considered writing a book or making a documentary about what I had found out. But then it seemed natural to write music about it.’

On display were skis and a sledge belonging to Petty Officer TS Williamson, who was part of the party that found the explorers.

Royal Navy Lt-Cdr Paul Hart spoke about his recent experience of trekking in The Antarctic Peninsula with other armed force members.

He said: ‘Captain Scott was my hero when I was growing up.

‘What a lot of people don’t realise was that he had collected ice samples from the South Pole which he was going to bring back and use for research.’

Victoria Ingles, collections manager at the museum, said: ‘We thought it was apt to commemorate Captain Scott’s expedition because of his links to the Royal Navy.’

Captain Scott, pictured left, who was based at HMS Vernon during the late 19th century, died from starvation and exhaustion during the return leg of his journey from the South Pole.

His comrades also lost their lives.

Their bodies, journals and photographs were discovered eight months later.