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Seaman - Discovery 1901-04
George Vince is the first man to have lost his life in McMurdo Sound, he was one of a party of nine men who had caught out in a blizzard during an excursion from the Discovery. Instead of staying where they were and waiting for the storm to end, they decided to try to make their way back to the ship.
Vince was wearing fur-soled boots with very little
grip and wandered onto a snow slope which he slipped down before
falling over the cliffs at their end into the sea. The slope was
later known as "Danger Slopes", his body was never recovered. He is
commemorated by a wooden cross erected by the crew and men of the
Discovery that is maintained to this day by the near-by New Zealand
and US bases in McMurdo Sound.
- 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.
What are the chances that my ancestor was an unsung part of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration?
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