Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Scott's Terra Nove Ship Found

The wreck of Scott's Terra Nova ship was rediscovered earlier this year (July 2012) off the coast of Greenland.  The ship was the one used as part of Scott's final Antarctic expedition in which he died on the return trip from the South Pole.  This year is the 100th anniversary of that expedition, but the Terra Nova ship was actually still used for another three decades after the expedition and did not sink until 1943.  The ship was damaged by ice off the southwestern tip of Greenland while it was carrying supplies to base stations in Greenland.  The crew were saved by the United States Coast Guard and they fired bullets into the ship to sink it.  The wreck is said to be deep and in bad condition (somewhat excessively due to the way it was sunk), so no salvage is expected.

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