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May K.,27 Old Gloucester Street
Polar Record | Year: 2015

This is a follow-up to the article 'Could Captain Scott have been saved? Revisiting Scott's last expedition', published in this journal in January 2012. Additional research in the expedition's primary documents reveals that there was a clear opportunity for One Ton depot to have been re-stocked with dog food in January 1912, preparatory to the final relief journey to meet the polar party that February, and that the dog driver Cecil Meares failed to follow Scott's relevant orders. The consequences will be examined in this article. All distances are given in geographical miles. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2014.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott has been attacked in recent decades because his Terra Nova expedition (1910-1913) had to rely on substandard Siberian ponies. Certain commentators have argued that this was Scott's fault, but the available evidence indicates that blame should rest with the buyer Cecil Meares. Additionally, archive evidence indicates that Scott specifically requested Captain Lawrence Oates to travel to Siberia to assist Meares in 1910, and that Oates refused Scott's request. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2015.

Lewis G.,27 Old Gloucester Street | May K.,27 Old Gloucester Street
Polar Record | Year: 2015

In his book Scott and Amundsen (1979) Roland Huntford described Captain Robert Falcon Scott R.N. as 'not well thought of in the Service' and 'an obscure, rather dull torpedo lieutenant with mediocre prospects'. A myth has subsequently arisen that Scott was forced into Antarctic exploration as his only route to naval promotion. In reality, Scott was an extremely able officer held in high regard by his naval contemporaries; he was on course for promotion to flag rank (rear-admiral and above) had he not taken up polar exploration; and his primary motivation for polar work was financial support for his family. In addition to a chronological account of Scott's career, this article will present his Admirals' reports in full. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2013.

May K.,27 Old Gloucester Street | Lewis G.,27 Old Gloucester Street
Polar Record | Year: 2015

An opinion piece by Ben Macintyre entitled 'Sorry, Scott fans: noble death is so last century' appeared in The Times (London) on 20 September 2013. In this, Macintyre argued not only that Ernest Shackleton should be explicitly contrasted against his contemporary and rival Robert Falcon Scott, but that Shackleton should be found superior to Scott in virtually every way. It was a dispiriting piece, strongly suggesting that that the media's understanding of Scott has not greatly advanced since the savage, cod-psychological and often unsubstantiated attacks upon Scott's character and reputation in the 1970s-1990s. Sadly, all too often polar history is reduced to a zero-sum game where praise for Shackleton is directly proportional to insults directed at Scott. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2014.

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