10 Interesting Facts About Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition

Photo credit: Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge

Photo credit: Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge

#1 The crew's oilskin-covered trousers and coats were all designed and made by the top fashion houses of the day, including Burberry, Jaeger and Wolseley!

#2 The sleeping bags lined with reindeer fur were a vital piece of any polar explorer’s kit. But during the night, although warm, they trapped moisture from the men’s breath and froze solid when empty in the mornings. To tuck themselves up at night, Scott’s crew had to slowly thaw out their bags as they squeezed in, this process could take several hours and was quite the ordeal. And we thought bivvy’s with no zips were a pain in the ass! 

Photo credit: New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust

Photo credit: New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust

#3 Scott, Wilson, Captain Oates and Henry Bowers (or Birdie due to his beaky nose!) are still encrusted in the icy tomb created by Antarctica, slowly floating towards the sea, as their team felt the best thing to do was to leave them in the wilderness.

#4 Digestive biscuits were an important element of their diet, providing high-calorie sledging food.

Photo credit: New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust

Photo credit: New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust

#5 More than 130kg of Beach & Sons blackcurrant jam was provided to the Terra Nova expedition, as well as apricot, strawberry and raspberry jam!

Photo credit: New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust

Photo credit: New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust

#6 Chocolate made up an important and popular part of sledging nutrition. As if we needed another reason to take chocolate on an adventure with us!

Photo credit: National Library of Scotland

Photo credit: National Library of Scotland

#7 Almost 2,300 kilogrammes of sugar was donated by Henry Tate & Sons to the expedition! This was a great high energy source for when sledging.

Photo credit: New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust

Photo credit: New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust

#8 Scott’s Terra Nova expedition took 430kg of Lyle’s Golden Syrup!

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#9 Pemmican was the common survival food for explorers at the time, containing powdered meat, large amounts of fat and occasionally dried fruit. Scott took 1,600kg to Antarctica!

Photo credit: New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust

Photo credit: New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust

#10 Bovril was used to make beef tea and flavour the hoosh - a thick stew made using pemmican