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Richard Henry Nodder
- Able Seaman
Born January 1877, at Wellington Cottage, Torpoint Cornwall - Able Seaman, sailed from Lyttleton NZ to Antarctica and back December 1908 - March 1909 and then from Lyttleton to Sydney and then London 1909.
The third son of a family of 14 children, 7 boys and 7 girls. Richard "Dick" Nodder was educated at Torpoint Weslyan School and a t a private school in Devonport. On leaving school, he joined the Royal navy during which service he went to New Zealand, deciding to then leave the navy.
In 1907 in Lyttleton, New Zealand, Nodder joined Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition aboard the Nimrod. During this expedition he rescued a companion who had fallen into a crevasse. He was very interested in the flora and fauna of Antarctica. In conjunction with James Murray the biologist on the expedition he also investigated the geology of Antarctica.
On his return from the expedition he joined the Merchant Navy as a second officer.
On hearing about Scott's Terra Nova
expedition to try and reach the South Pole he offered his
services. During a medical for this it was found that he had
been affected by the severe cold on the previous Nimrod
journey which had affected his health and in particular his
heart. While he was not able to join Scott, he helped fit
out the Discovery. Captain Scott visited him personally to
express his disappointment that Nodder was not going to be
accompanying the rest of the crew on the trip.
- This is a difficult area to research, I am concentrating on the Polar
experiences of the men involved. Any further information or pictures
visitors may have is gratefully received. Please email
- Paul Ward, webmaster.
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