9780870815829

Antarctica Unveiled

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  • ISBN13:

    9780870815829

  • ISBN10:

    0870815822

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-10-01
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Colorado

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Summary

Foreword by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and An Introduction by Robert Swan, OBE. A three-dimensional account, almost entirely based on original sources, that will ring true to those who have travelled in the footsteps of the pioneers, this book tells the full story of an expedition that has been largely erased from public perception by the drama of Scott's second expedition a decade later. The book's many new insights into an historic British achievement, and its immediate aftermath, should allow an altogether fairer estimation of its ranking in the annals of 20th Century exploration than it has been accorded in the last twenty years. Hampered by an Admiralty, jealous of civilian control of an expedition for which they would have to provide men, and restricted by budgetary restraints unknown to the Germans, whose parallel expedition, funded almost entirely by their government, is recounted in summary form, this was an expedition that: first penetrated the interior of Antarctica, opening the way to a century of research, in the region of its discoveries, that has yielded benefits to everyone on the planet; discovered more about Antarctica than six other expeditions that went south at the dawn of the 20th century; brought back key evidence of the existence of an Antarctic continent rather than a polar archipelago, at that time the greatest prize for geographers and scientists alike; effectively located the 'lost' South Magnetic Pole, so vital to southern hemisphere navigation before the era of satellites; was anything but the prisoner of outdated naval tradition, the methods adopted being almost entirely those expounded by the Norwegian explorer, Nansen, who described its results as 'magnificent' -- even the number of dogs used was based on the famous explorer's North Pole attempt.

Author Biography

A retired logistics manager and World War II veteran, David E. Yelverton is an ardent supporter of Antarctic heritage sites preservation and has interpreted and catalogued photographic archives of the expedition.

Table of Contents

Illustrations xi
Foreword by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh xv
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction xxi
Robert Swan OBE
Prologue Prophets Before Their Time: The Fathers of the Conquest of Antarctica xxv
Part 1 Prelude to Achievement: The Anguished Fulfillment of a Dream 1(68)
Science and the Dream of Discovery: The Genesis of a National Epic
3(4)
The Long Road to Finance: Imperial Edict and Treasury Parsimony
7(6)
Ships for Dangerous Waters: Birth of the Discovery and the Gauss
13(8)
Preordained Strategies: Shaping of the British and German Plans
21(9)
Overture to Fame: Scott's Journey to Experience
30(15)
Disputed Ambitions: Gregory and the Leadership Challenge
45(7)
Ross's Successors Prepare: The Road to Cowes
52(17)
Part 2 Scott's Opening Campaign: In Pursuit of the Great Enigma--Antarctic Continent or Archipelago? 69(162)
A Race Against Time: The Voyage to New Zealand
71(20)
To the Threshold of Destiny: Passage to a Frozen World
91(10)
Gateways to the Unknown: The Search for a Foothold
101(19)
An Icy Apprenticeship: A Disastrous Start
120(21)
Into a Darkened World: First Winter at Hut Point
141(15)
The Best-Laid Schemes...: The Birth and Compromise of Scott's Plan
156(30)
The Blighting of the Southern Dream: Scott's Journey Toward the Pole
186(15)
The Ramparts of Victoria Land: Armitage's Historic Ascent
201(17)
The Reluctant Continent: The Glacier That Kept Its Secret
218(13)
Part 3 Repulsed But Not Defeated: Prisoners of Ice and Money 231(24)
Hostages in a Frozen Trap: The Fate of the German Expedition
233(10)
Winter 1903--Season of Suspense: The Making of Scott's Second Chance
243(12)
Part 4 Frustration Richly Redeemed: Scott's Second Campaign 255(79)
Slings and Arrows of Misfortune: The Thwarting of Scott's Start for the West
257(10)
The Ephemeral Horizon: Barne and the Key to the Great Enigma
267(8)
The Origin of Antarctica: Ferrar and the Continent's Hidden Sensation
275(7)
The Riddle of the Barrier: Royd's Quest for the Eastern Shore
282(6)
The Cape Crozier Mystery: Wilson and the Emperors' Secret
288(9)
In Search of a Phantom Coast: Scott's Record Journey on the Summit
297(12)
Escape to International Acclaim: Scott's Just Reward
309(25)
Epilogue The Lure of the Pole: The Expedition's Fateful Legacy 334(82)
Appendixes
Instructions to the Commander of the British Expedition and the Director of the Scientific Staff
353(9)
Crews of the British and German Ships
362(10)
Was the Discovery overmanned?
372(3)
The Original Cabin Occupants Aboard Discovery
375(6)
Members of Every Sledge Party on the Discovery Expedition
381(3)
The Manpower Controversy at the Decisive Stage of Scott's 1902-1903 Season
384(2)
Further Details of Scott's Two Main Sledge Journeys
386(7)
Medals Awarded for the British and German Expeditions
393(16)
The Meteorological Office Blunder
409(4)
Geological Timetable
413(3)
Notes 416(38)
Bibliography 454

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