Letter: Scott, unsung hero
Saturday 18 September 1999
Sir: If Robert Scott was sentimental, depressive, muddled and insecure ("The hero who melted", 15 September), so what?
Whatever mistakes were made in the preparation and execution of the Polar journey, the truth is Scott, Wilson and Bowers lost their lives to appalling weather.
When they died at the end of March (they had been held up by blizzards for more than a week) they were only 11 miles from their next food depot at One Ton Camp. Had they reached it, it is unlikely that we would be treated to regular attacks on Scott's name.
The party was on a starvation diet from the outset. All of them were suffering from frostbite, starvation and scurvy.
We don't hear the same derogatory remarks on more recent Polar walks for their dog-less assaults on the South Pole.
If Scott was the incompetent figure that Thomson portrays, how is it that he made such a shrewd choice in the men he took on both the Discovery and Terra Nova expeditions? Why would such clever and brave men volunteer to serve under him a second time?
Despite his own weaknesses, lack of physical prowess and ignorance on Polar matters, Scott accomplished so much and had that rare capacity that enabled those who served with him to excel beyond their own capabilities.
There’s revolution in the air, but one lady’s not for turningTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
- 2 Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 4 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 5 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Downton Abbey fans unimpressed by Kindle sponsorship adverts
Thomas Heatherwick creates gin palace with a fantastical Willy Wonka vibe
Cilla, episode 2, ITV, review: Sheridan Smith continues to shine
Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned PR disaster
The Lion King becomes biggest grossing musical ever
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God