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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
Biographical information - 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
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