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In pictures: Scott's Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole

Archived images of Scott and his team members, including Irishman Tom Crean, during his ill-fated push to reach the South Pole first.

Image: The Scott Polar Research Institute, the University of Cambridge.

OVER 100 YEARS have passed since Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition in which the British explorer raced in vain against Norway’s Roald Amundsen to become the first to reach the South Pole.

Scott did make it to the South Pole on 18 January 1912 – one month after Amundsen - but the Terra Nova expedition ended in disaster, with Scott and the other four members of his team dying on their return journey from the South Pole.

A search party discovered three of the bodies eight months later, along with photographs and diaries documenting the end of the expedition.

Irishman Tom Crean was part of the last support party for Scott’s polar team on Terra Nova. His solo 56-kilometre trek along the Ross Ice Shelf to seek help and save the life of teammate Teddy Evans earned him the Albert Medal (and was later recreated in that Guinness ad).

Crean later accompanied Co Kildare-born explorer Ernest Shackleton on his failed attempt to cross the Antarctic and was a central part of the dramatic rescue of the Endurance’s crew after their ship had become lodged and destroyed in the polar ice in 1915.

The gallery of images of the Terra Nova expedition shown below includes several which had been considered lost for decades. They had been printed by members of Scott’s team while in the Antarctic and depict the first part of Scott’s journey to the South Pole. They have been made available to TheJournal.ie courtesy of the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge.

In pictures: Scott's Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole
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  • The voyage starts

    Captain Scott's ship the Terra Nova leaving Cardiff on 1 January 1910 at the start of the race to reach the South pole. (PA Archive)
  • On board

    In the wardroom of the Terra Nova, by HG Ponting September 1911. (Topham Picturepoint/PA Archive)
  • Captain Scott

    Captain Robert Scott, leader of the Terra Nova expedition. (PA Archive)
  • Repairs

    Tom Crean and Edgar Evans mending sleeping bags. (Topham Picturepoint/PA Images)
  • Trapped

    The Terra Nova trapped in pack ice and photographed by HG Ponting in December 1910. (Topham Picturepoint/PA Archives)
  • The Terra Nova

    The expedition ship photographed in January 1911. (Topham Picturepoint/PA Images)
  • Pony Camp

    Pony camp at Greta Ice Barrier on 19 November 1911. From left: ponies Snippetts, Nobby, Michael and Jimmy Pigg. (Courtesy of Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge)
  • Beardmore Glacier

    The final expedition of Bowers' sledge team at Beadmore Glacier in December 1911. (Courtesy of Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge)
  • Supplies

    Pulling and pushing: the team at work moving supplies over the snow. (Courtesy of Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge)
  • Sledge team

    The sledge team at rest, photographed by Scott on 13 December 1911. (Courtesy of Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge)
  • Sketching

    A photograph taken by Scott of Dr Edward Wilson sketching at Beardmore Glacier on 13 December 1911. (Courtesy of Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge)
  • Memorial Cairn

    The memorial cairn raised by a search party over the site where the remains of Scott and two of his companions were found. (Topham Picturepoint/PA Images)

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