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South with Scott   By: (1880-1957)

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South with Scott by Edward Ratcliffe Garth Russell Evans Mountevans is a remarkable memoir that takes us on an unforgettable journey through the vast, treacherous landscapes of Antarctica. As a member of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's doomed Terra Nova expedition, Mountevans provides an insider's perspective on one of the most iconic and tragic explorations in history.

In this gripping narrative, Mountevans skillfully intertwines personal anecdotes with historical facts, painting a vivid picture of life on the unforgiving continent. His writing is immersive, capturing the harshness and beauty of Antarctica with poetic flair. From the bone-chilling cold to the breathtaking auroras dancing across the sky, the author's descriptions transport readers to this inhospitable yet mesmerizing place.

Mountevans shines a light on the immense physical and mental challenges faced by Scott and his team, as they fought against the elements in a race to be the first to reach the South Pole. His account offers intimate glimpses into the personalities and dynamics of the diverse group of men who embarked on this perilous mission. It is a tale of bravery, sacrifice, and camaraderie, but also of human fallibility and the limits of endurance.

What sets this memoir apart is Mountevans' honesty and introspection. He reflects on the mistakes that were made during the expedition, shedding light on the misjudgments that ultimately led to the devastating fate of Scott and four of his companions. Through his candid narrative, he dismantles romanticized notions of heroism and reveals the harsh realities of polar exploration.

South with Scott is not just a tale of adventure; it is a tribute to the indomitable spirit of exploration and the pursuit of knowledge. Mountevans' eloquent writing captures the profound sense of wonder and curiosity that drove these men to push the boundaries of human achievement. His account serves as a valuable historical document, offering insights into the challenges and triumphs of early Antarctic exploration.

This book is a must-read for history enthusiasts, adventurers, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the human quest for discovery. Mountevans' poignant storytelling and his firsthand perspective grant readers a front-row seat to an extraordinary chapter in exploration history. South with Scott is a captivating, thought-provoking memoir that will leave a lasting impression on its readers long after they have turned the final page.

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E text prepared by James Tenison

Transcriber's note:

Our author had a very "informal" approach to grammar and syntax; so apparently did his editor. I corrected several obvious errors in the book and listed them at the end of the text. Many more doubtful spellings and countless abbreviations remain as they appear in the text.

I have deleted the symbols for "degree" "minute" and "second" which appear regularly throughout the text and substituted the full word. The symbols and in relation to temperature are retained.




Illustrated with Maps and Photographs

London & Glasgow Collins' Clear Type Press

To Lashly and Crean



The object of this book is to keep alive the interest of English speaking people in the story of Scott and his little band of sailor adventurers, scientific explorers, and companions. It is written more particularly for Britain's younger generations.

I have to acknowledge with gratitude the assistance of Miss Zeala Wakeford Cox of Shanghai and Pay master Lieutenant Commander Bernard Carter of H.M.S. "Carlisle."

Without their help, I doubt if the book would have found its way into print... Continue reading book >>

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