Robert Falcon Scott - Time Line, Info Graphic
British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13
page 1 - preparations | page 2 - the polar journey

  • A British organized and led expedition with an extensive scientific programme along with exploration including at attempt to be the first to the South Pole

  • Most famous for the deaths of Scott and his four companions on the way back from the South Pole having been beaten there by Amundsen

  • Were it not for the South Pole tragedy, the expedition would have become famous for the scientific achievements and trials of of the Western and Northern Parties


Scott, Terra Nova Expedition - infographic
Info-graphic of the expedition. Full size image (4000px wide) wide)


 
Date
 
Scott and the South Pole Party
 
 
Northern Party
 
 
Western Party
 

15th June 1910
Terra Nova sails from Cardiff, Wales

4th Jan 1911
Arrival at Cape Evans, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Ship unloaded and hut built on Ross Island.

25th Jan 1911
Terra Nova leaves Cape Evans to spend the winter in New Zealand

27th Jan 1911
Terra Nova takes 1st Western Party led by Debenham to Butter point to map valleys and glaciers including the "Dry Valleys"

27th Jan 1911
Terra Nova sails to establish an eastern camp, turned back at Cape Colbeck, they sail towards Cape Adare

3rd Feb 1911
Terra Nova meets unexpectedly with Amundsen's ship Fram at the Bay of Whales

18th Feb 1911
Terra Nova lands 6 men led by Campbell at Cape Adare, the Eastern Party becomes the Northern Party, a hut is built and preparations for winter made

Jan - Apr 1911
Supply laying sledge journeys as far as One Ton Depot to prepare for the attempt on the South Pole

Start of Winter 1911

13th April 1911
The winter is spent with many scientific investigations and some sledging journeys
1st Western Party walk back to main hut at Cape Evans

27th June 1911
Bowers, Cherry-Garrard, Wilson make a winter journey to Cape Crozier to bring back an emperor penguins egg in the Antarctic winter night

2nd Aug 1911
Cape Crozier party return exhausted after a diffuclt journey

October 1911
With the arrival of spring, Scott made more depot-laying sledging journeys as preparation for the South Pole attempt

End of Winter 1911

3rd Nov 1911
South Pole journey begins, 16 men, 2 tractors, 9 ponies, 1 dog team set off

18th Nov 1911
2nd Western Party led by Debenham manhaul to Butter point and up the coast to map valleys and glaciers

24th Nov 1911
First 2 men sent back to Cape Evans

9th Dec 1911
Foot of Bearmore Glacier reached, ponies shot

11th Dec 1911
Next 2 men and dog team sent back

21st Dec 1911
Half way up Beardmore Glacier, next 4 men sent back

4th Jan 1912
Rim of Beardmore, 3 men sent back, 5 now head to the South Pole

8th Jan 1912
Terra Nova moves Northern Party to Evans Cove, intending a 6 week stay, they survey the area around Mt. Melbourne

15th Jan 1912
Pick-up by Terra Nova delayed, party begin to man-haul back to Cape Evans

18th Jan 1912
5 men reach the South Pole to find they were beaten by Amundsen a month earlier

6th Feb 1912
Terra Nova arrives at Cape Evans

14th Feb 1912
Terra Nova meets Western party crossing fast ice, collects them and takes them back to Cape Evans

17th Feb 1912
Campbell's party return to the rendezvous point to meet the Terra Nova which cannot get through a thick belt of sea-ice

17th Feb 1912
Edgar Evans dies in his sleeping bag on the return from the pole

3rd Mar 1912
Terra Nova leaves Cape Evans after waiting for the South Pole Party to return, she cannot risk being iced in as winter arrives

Mar-12
Realising they were not going to be picked up that season a hut is built and ice-cave excavated on Inexpressible Island for the winter, it is complete by the 17th of March

Start of Winter 1912

17th Mar 1912
Suffering from gangrene and frostbite, Captain Oates walks to his death in a blizzard sacrificing himself for his companions
Rations are short, tea served on Sundays was reboiled on Mondays and smoked as tobacco on Tuesdays, the winter is very difficult.

19th Mar 1912
Scott's final camp made 11 miles from food and fuel at One Ton Depot, the three surviving men can walk no further

29th Mar 1912
Scott dies in the tent, he was presumed to be the last man alive

A sombre winter is passed at Cape Evans, with their non-return, it is assumed Scott and the polar party have not survived

End of Winter 1912

30th Sept 1912
As winter ends, the Northern Party begin to walk down the coast back to Cape Evans

29th Oct 1912
A cache of food left by the Western Party the previous year is found, the ill and weak men are re-vitalised

6th Nov 1912
Northern Party reach Cape Evans hut to receive a sumptuous meal

12th Nov 1912
The bodies of Scott, Bowers and Wilson are found in their tent

18th Jan 1913
Terra Nova arrives at Cape Evans

19th Jan 1913
Terra Nova leaves Cape Evans with all crew and expeditioners to return to Britain

Robert Falcon Scott Books and Video

The Coldest March: Scott's Fatal Antarctic Expedition
The Coldest March: Scott's Fatal Antarctic Expedition
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The Worst Journey in the World. Apsley Cherry-Garrard
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The Voyage of the Discovery: Scott's First Antarctic Expedition

by Robert Falcon Scott, Ross MacPhee (Introduction), Fridtjof Nansen (Preface)
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The Great White South: Traveling with Robert F. Scott's Doomed South Pole Expedition
The Great White South: Travelling with Robert F. Scott's Doomed South Pole Expedition by Herbert Ponting
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Journals: Scott's Last Expedition (Oxford World's Classics)
Scott's Last Expedition: The Journals of Captain R.F.Scott
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Edward Wilson's Antarctic Notebooks
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The Last Place on Earth (Modern Library Exploration)
The Last Place on Earth by Roland Huntford
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With Scott to the Pole
Herbert Ponting,
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Discovery Illustrated: Pictures from Captain Scott's First Antarctic Expedition
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90 Degrees South: With Scott to the Antarctic (1933) DVD
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 History Chapters: Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott Race to the South Pole (History Chapters)
History Chapters: Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott Race to the South Pole. Ages 4-8
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Diary of the "Terra Nova" Expedition to the Antarctic, 1910-12
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