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Marking the Centenary of the Polar Explorers
The British attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole gave us an epic story of nobility and self-sacrifice which has held as an example of courage to our nation for almost a century. With our stunning stamp sheet we mark the centenary of the polar expedition led by Captain Robert Scott.
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Scott of the Antarctic FDC
Royal Mail's House of Windsor issue also paid tribute to the polar expedition, featuring it as one of the four stamps on the House of Windsor miniature sheet. Why not pair this stamp sheet with one of our Scott of the Antarctic mini sheet covers? Signed editions include a single signed cover (Sir Ranulph Fiennes) as well as a very limited number of multi-signed covers (Ranulph Fiennes, Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott). Find out more!
Scott of the Antarctic
On November 12, 1912 an Antarctic search party discovered what it was looking for. Half buried in the snow was the tent of Captain Robert Scott and his two companions. Inside, they found the body of Captain Scott wedged between those of his fellow explorers, the flaps of his sleeping bag thrown back, his coat open. His companions, Lieut. Henry Bowers and Dr. Edward Wilson, lay covered in their sleeping bags as if dozing. They had been dead for eight months. They were the last members of a five-man team returning to their home base from the Pole.
The British attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole gave us an epic story of nobility and self-sacrifice which has held as an example of courage to our nation for almost a century. Although the mission failed in that the Norwegian team reached the Pole four weeks ahead of Captain Scott, it does not diminish the fact that the team did reach the pole.
This is an extract from Captain Scott's diary:
Friday, March 16 or Saturday 17 - Lost track of dates, but think the last correct. Tragedy all along the line. At lunch, the day before yesterday, poor Titus Oates said he couldn't go on; he proposed we should leave him in his sleeping-bag. That we could not do, and we induced him to come on, on the afternoon march. In spite of its awful nature for him he struggled on and we made a few miles. At night he was worse and we knew the end had come. Should this be found I want these facts recorded.
Oates' last thoughts were of his Mother, but immediately before he took pride in thinking that his regiment would be pleased with the bold way in which he met his death. We can testify to his bravery. He has borne intense suffering for weeks without complaint, and to the very last was able and willing to discuss outside subjects.
He did not - would not - give up hope till the very end. He was a brave soul. This was the end. He slept through the night before last, hoping not to wake; but he woke in the morning - yesterday. It was blowing a blizzard. He said, 'I am just going outside and may be some time.' He went out into the blizzard and we have not seen him since.
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Quick Facts: Centenary of Scott's Polar Expedition Mint St is a Mint Sheet Issue date : 29th March 2012
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