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Discovery Hut - Cape
Evans - Built 1902 - Scott's 1901-1904 Expedition
The Discovery Hut at Cape Evans is the oldest of three
huts in the vicinity, the other two being Scott's Hut
from the 1911-1913 Terra Nova Expedition and Shackleton's Cape
Royds Hut from the 1907-1909 Nimrod expedition.
hut is properly known as the "Discovery Hut", to make life confusing,
the hut from Scott's 1911-1913 is known as "Scott's Hut" - even
though they were both erected by Captain Scott.
built during the 1901-1904 Discovery expedition (hence the name)
of Robert Scott from prefabricated panels brought on the ship.
It was originally called "Gregory Lodge" by the members of the
expedition after it's Australian designer. The hut was not intended
as the main living quarters - this function was fulfilled by
the ship - the Discovery which over-wintered. The hut was built
primarily for storage of supplies and as a base for scientific
The hut was cold and uncomfortable for protracted
residence though served to teach valuable lessons on design,
insulation and construction for future expeditions.
Picture courtesy of Mike Usher - Mike went on a Ross Sea expedition
on board the Kapitan Khlebnikov in 2005. You
can purchase a selection of Mike's pictures