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Scott's Hut (1911- Terra Nova Expedition) at Cape Evans
McMurdo Station - Antarctica

The hut was prefabricated in England, and assembled on site. It is 50 feet long and 25 feet wide. It is insulated with a sewn seaweed quilt between double-planked inner and outer walls. The roof is a similar layered construction, 3 of planks, 2 of rubber and more of the seaweed quilting. Lighting was from acetylene gas which was made in a chemical generator. Heating was by coal, from the kitchen and also by an extra stove at the other end of the hut. Heating and insulation efficiency were paramount with lessons being learned from Scott's earlier Discovery Expedition to the extent that the hut was described as being warm to the point of discomfort.

The hut was divided into sleeping and working areas by a wall made of stores boxes. 25 men lived in the hut during the 1911 winter.

Later on, an extension of the length of the building, 50 feet by 16 feet wide was added to the North wall as a stable for the nineteen Siberian ponies. A utility room 40 feet by 12 feet was also added.

14th October 2007

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This picture published courtesy of Alan Light - This picture is in the public domain.
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