The ss Ripple lying off the landing stage at Chatham Island. - Otago Witness, 12.2.1913. Copies of picture available from ODT front office, Lower Stuart St, or www.otagoimages.co.nz
London (February 10): News has been received that Captain
Scott and some of his party perished in a blizzard after
reaching the Pole on January 18. The publication of the sad
news caused a sensation here.
Wellington (February 11): The Terra Nova arrived at Cape
Evans on January 18 this year, and obtained the following
information from the shore party. Captain Scott reached the
South Pole on January 18, 1912, and found Captain Amundsen's
tent and his records. On the return journey the whole of the
southern party perished. Captain Scott, Dr Wilson, and Lieut.
Bowers died from exposure during a blizzard about March 29,
1912, at the last camp, 11 miles south of the one ton depot,
or 155 miles from the hut at Cape Evans. Captain Oates died
from exposure on March 17, and a seaman named Edgar Evans
died from concussion of the brain on February 17. The health
of the remainder of the expedition is excellent, including
Lieut. Campbell's party, who wintered in Terra Nova Bay.
The following extract from Captain Scott's diary is the
explorer's final message: ''We arrived within 11 miles of our
old One-ton Camp, with fuel for one hot meal and food for two
days. For four days we have been unable to leave the tent,
owing to the gale howling about us. We are weak, and writing
is difficult, but for my own sake I do not regret this
journey, which has shown that Englishmen can endure
hardships, help one another, and meet death with as great a
fortitude as ever in the past. We took risks. We knew we took
them. Things have come out against us, and therefore we have
no cause for complaint, but bow to the will of Providence,
determined still to do our best to the last.
"But if we have been willing to give our lives to this
enterprise, which is for the honour of our country, I appeal
to our countrymen to see that those that depend on us are
properly cared for. Had we lived I should have had a tale to
tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my
companions which would have stirred the heart of every
Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell
the tale, but surely, surely, a great rich country like ours
will see that those who are dependent on us are properly
provided for.'' R. SCOTT, 25th March, 1912.
The wholly unexpected news of the dreadful disaster that
overwhelmed gallant Captain Scott and the chosen band that
accompanied him caused a profound sensation in the city
yesterday morning. A very pathetic sidelight on the tragedy
lies in the fact that Mrs Wilson left Dunedin yesterday
morning by the first express for Christchurch in the
anticipation of meeting her husband, who she fully expected
would be on the Terra Nova. - ODT, 12.2.1913.