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Thomas Alfred Forster Feather - Biographical notes

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 Boatswain - 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".
Robert Scott's

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

Feature Name: Mount Feather
Type: summit
Elevation: 3010
Latitude: 77°57S
Longitude: 160°21E
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.

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