ROBERT FALCON SCOTT

ROBERT FALCON SCOTT, R.N., M.V.O.

Scott will always be regarded as one of the greats of early Antarctic Exploration but much of his fame comes as a result of his tragic demise at the end of his second expedition.

He was born in 1868 and made a career in the Royal Navy rising to the rank of Captain.

Scott led the 1901-04 British Antarctic Expedition using the vessel "Discovery" as his base. The vessel was frozen into the ice at McMurdo for 2 winters while Scott and his men explored the region using dog sleds.

Scott proved to be a capable scientific investigator and a good writer and publicist and accordingly he was chosen to lead the 1910 expedition on board the vessel "Terra Nova". Because of the suffering of his dogs in his first expedition Scott fatally decided to use Siberian Ponies and skis this time and while he reached the South Pole (After Amundsen) his whole party perished on the return trip.

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SCOTT ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION ANNIVERSARY ITEMS

We offer below a range of philatelic items issued to celebrate Scott and his Antarctic exploits. They are listed in chronological order.

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SCOTT 1.    1998 (June 6th) Birthday of Scott postcard posted Scott Base.    Price US$3

Note: The above postcard is franked with two 20 cent Ross Dependency stamps showing Scott Base which was named after Scott. The picture side (shown at right) depicts Scott's birthday party on board "Terra Nova" in 1911 from a photo by Ponting.

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SCOTT 2.    2001 (Nov 30th) Arrival of Discovery in Lyttelton centennial postcard.     Price US$3

Note: The above postcard was postmarked on 30th November 2001 as the actual centennial date, the previous day, was a Sunday when Post Offices were not open.

 

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SCOTT 3.    2001 (Dec. 21st) Departure of Discovery from Lyttelton on picture postcard.      Price US$5

Note: For this important date the New Zealand Post Office produced a pictorial postmark as shown above. The picture side of the postcard as shown at left shows the "Discovery" clearing Lyttelton Heads.

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SCOTT 4.    2001 (Dec. 21st) Departure of Discovery from Lyttelton centennial postcard.      Price US$3

Note: the above postcard is postmarked with the regular Lyttelton datestamp.

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SCOTT 5.    2001 (Dec. 21st) Departure of Discovery from Lyttelton centennial postcard.      Price US$3

Note: Pictorial postmark on the centennial postcard.

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SCOTT 6.    2001 (Dec. 21st) Departure of Discovery from Lyttelton envelope.     Price US$5

Note: the above envelope is a Lyttelton Port Company commercial envelope and has been franked with the Company's pictorial meter frank which celebrates Scott and the "Discovery" expedition.

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SCOTT 7.    2001 (Dec. 21st) Departure of Discovery from Lyttelton envelope.     Price US$5

Note: Same as the previous item but this time with the NZ Post pictorial datestamp.

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SCOTT 8.    2001 (Dec. 21st) Departure of Discovery from Lyttelton envelope.     Price US$5

Note: Same as the previous item but this time with the Lyttelton hand datestamp.

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SCOTT 9.    2001 (Dec. 24th) Departure of Discovery from Port Chalmers postcard.  Price US$3

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SCOTT 10.    2002 (Feb. 11th) Discovery postcard posted at Scott Base.     Price US$5

Note: This postcard has a Ross Dependency $1.20 Scott & "Terra Nova" stamp affixed.

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SCOTT 11.    2002 (Feb. 20th) Antarctic Heritage Trust Historic Huts Cape Evans envelope.   Price US$8

Note: The Antarctic Heritage Trust has as its aims the preservation of all historic sites in the Antarctic. This includes a number of huts in the Ross Dependency including Scott's hut at Cape Evans. The envelope is signed by Josef Hoflehner, the Photographic Project Leader.

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SCOTT 12.    2002 (June 6th) 90th Anniversary postmark of Scott Street, London envelope.   Price US$5

Note: Bearing a strip of three of the English 1972 Polar Explorers set showing Scott.

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SCOTT 13.    2002 (June 6th) 90th Anniversary postmark of Scott Street,London envelope.   Price US$3

Note: Same postmark and date as previous item but with single machin stamp so postmark is easier to see.

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SCOTT 14.    2002 (Nov. 6th) First day postmark for Discovery Expedition.   Price US$3

Note: This postcard bears the 80 cent Ross Dependency stamp which depicts the "Discovery"

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SCOTT 15.    2002 (Dec. 30th) "Discovery" Hut Restoration Project postcard   Price US$8

Note: Postcard has been signed by David Harrowfield, the leader of the Historic Huts 2002-03 Expedition. The Ross Dependency stamp depicts "Discovery".

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SCOTT 16.    2002 (Dec. 30th) Cape Evans Hut Restoration Project envelope   Price US$8

Note: Envelope has been signed by David Harrowfield, the leader of the Historic Huts 2002-03 Expedition. The Ross Dependency stamp depicts the three man "Discovery" team of Ernest Shackleton, Robert Scott and Edward Wilson.

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SCOTT 17.    2003 (Feb. 17th) Hut Restoration Project envelope from "Discovery Hut"   Price US$8

Note: Envelope has been signed by David Harrowfield, the leader of the Historic Huts 2002-03 Expedition. The Ross Dependency stamp depicts the "Discovery" Hut.

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SCOTT 18.    2003 (April. 29th) First Day Envelope from "Discovery " hometown   Price US$3

Note: The vessel "Discovery" is now berthed in Dundee Harbour in Northern Scotland where this envelope was posted. The stamp shows Scott and his Polar team.

 

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SCOTT 19.    2003 (Oct. 20th) "Discovery " Postcard from  American McMurdo Base  Price US$3

Note: The American main Antarctic Base of McMurdo is situated right next to Scott's "Discovery" hut and in fact the McMurdo Ice-Wharf is within a stones throw of the building. this nearby presence of a large transient population means that preservation of the huts contents is difficult.

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SCOTT 20.    2004 (Feb. 16th) Envelope for "Discovery's " departure from Antarctic.   Price US$5

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SCOTT 21.    2004 (April. 1st) Postcard for return of Scott's Expedition from Antarctic.   Price US$5

Note: The above postcard bears a "Posties Choice" 40 cent stamp showing the "Discovery" which was issued by a Alternative Postal Company in New Zealand. This company has an arrangement whereby NZ Post will accept its stamps as valid for postage throughout the NZ Post system.


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