- Discovery 1901-04
Thomas Feather was 31 when appointed as Boatswain of
the Discovery in 1901.
While south and during the winter,
with little or no ship-board duties to perform, Feather was given
the responsibility for the sledging equipment, making sure it was
ready and prepared for the sledge journeys, a task he performed as
diligently as his duties on the ship.
"Thomas Feather, was a thorough seaman, and
took that intense pride in his charge which was so well known in the
old sailing days. A sailor will understand well the merits of a
boatswain who can make the proud boast that the Discovery
circumnavigated the world without losing a rope or sail".
Feather was also enlisted by Scott again in April
1910 for the ultimately ill-fated Terra Nova expedition, though by
November of the same year his service record had the note, "Sent
home as unsuitable for Antarctic Expedition". The reason is unclear,
though frictions between Feather from the regular Navy and other
Mercantile Marine expeditioners may have had a part to play.
Landmarks named after Thomas Feather
Description: A massive mountain, 3,010 m, with a broad flattish summit, standing
at the S extremity of the Quartermain Mountains, in Victoria Land.
Named after Thomas A. Feather who accompanied Scott in his Western Journey to
this area in 1903.