Pilgrims on the Ice


Pilgrims on the Ice

Robert Falcon Scott's First Antarctic Expedition

T. H. Baughman
With a new preface by the author

360 pages
6 line drawings, 2 maps


May 2008


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About the Book

Robert Falcon Scott’s 1901–4 expedition to the Antarctic was a landmark event in the history of Antarctic exploration, creating a sensation comparable to the Arctic efforts of the American Robert E. Peary. Scott’s initial expedition was also the first step toward the dramatic race to the South Pole in 1912, which resulted in the tragic deaths of Scott and his companions. Since then Scott’s reputation has vacillated between two extremes: Was he a martyred hero, the beau ideal of a brave and selfless explorer, or a bumbling fool whose mistakes killed him and his entire party?
Pilgrims on the Ice goes beyond the personality of Scott to remove the first expedition from the shadow of the second, to study objectively its purpose, its composition, and its real accomplishments. This Bison Books edition includes a new preface by the author.

Author Bio

T. H. Baughman is chair of the History Department at Benedictine College. He is the author of Before the Heroes Came: Antarctica in the 1890s (Nebraska 1993).

Table of Contents

Preface to the Bison Books Edition
List of Illustrations
1. To the Land of Unsurpassed Desolation
2. The Determined Old Man
3. Old Men Bicker
4. From the East India Docks
5. From England to Cape Town
6. From Cape Town to New Zealand
7. May You Always Sail in Open Water
8. The Winter
9. Summer 1902-1903
10. The Attempt on the Pole
11. The Relief Expedition
12. Red Sunset of Noon Is Vanishing Fast
13. The Grand Old Man Falters
14. From Ice to Champagne
Selected Bibliography


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