Discovery Hut

Discovery Hut, 2007 at Ross Island, Antarctica. Photo shot from Hut Point with McMurdo Station in the background.
Discovery Hut in 2008. It was erected in 1902 by Robert Falcon Scott's 1903-1907 Discovery Expedition.
George Vince's Cross
Stores from the Terra Nova Expedition left in Discovery Hut.
Map of Ross Island showing locations of Hut Point, Cape Royds and Cape Evans.
The interior of Discovery Hut in 2000
Seal blubber, nearly a century old, still hangs neatly in Discovery Hut preserved by the temperature which never rises above freezing.

Built by Robert Falcon Scott during the Discovery Expedition of 1901–1904 in 1902 and is located at Hut Point on Ross Island by McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.

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McMurdo Station

United States Antarctic research station on the south tip of Ross Island, which is in the New Zealand–claimed Ross Dependency on the shore of McMurdo Sound in Antarctica.

Nuclear reactor commemorative plaque
The supply ship MV American Tern during cargo operations at McMurdo Station during Operation Deep Freeze 2007. The square building in the foreground is Discovery Hut.
McMurdo Station from above.
McMurdo Station in November 2003.
A 10K-AT "All Terrain" forklift moves a loaded cargo-sled as part of an Operation Deep Freeze resupply mission
Ivan the Terra Bus.
This 1983 image of USNS Southern Cross at McMurdo Station shows cargo operations on a floating ice pier. Such piers have been in use since 1973.
being led by the Russian icebreaker to McMurdo Station during Operation Deep Freeze 2006. Mount Erebus is visible in the background.
Byrd Historic Monument
Annotated view over the Station, also showing Scott Base and the McMurdo Ice Shelf

The British explorer Robert Falcon Scott established a base camp close to this spot in 1902 and built a cabin there that was named Discovery Hut.

Hut Point Peninsula

Long, narrow peninsula from 3 to 5 km wide and 24 km long, projecting south-west from the slopes of Mount Erebus on Ross Island, Antarctica.

Edward Wilson's map of Hut Point Peninsula, circa 1910
George Vince's Cross

The British National Antarctic Expedition (1901–04) under Robert Falcon Scott built its hut on Hut Point, a small point lying 1.5 km north-east of Cape Armitage, the southern headland of the peninsula.

Aeneas Mackintosh

British Merchant Navy officer and Antarctic explorer, who commanded the Ross Sea party as part of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914–1917.

Aeneas with his daughter Pamela
Ernest Shackleton, leader of the Nimrod Expedition
Cocos Island in the Pacific Ocean, where Mackintosh searched for treasure in 1911
The Ross Sea party in Australia. Mackintosh is seated in the middle row, third from left. Ernest Joyce is standing, extreme left, back row. Arnold Spencer-Smith is the tall figure, centre back row.
SY Aurora, anchored to the Antarctic ice
Spencer-Smith and Mackintosh being hauled on the sledge
McMurdo Sound, frozen over. Mackintosh and Hayward set out on 8 May 1916 from Hut Point (A), intending to walk to Cape Evans (B). They disappeared in the area marked C.

The men, frostbitten and exhausted, returned to the old Discovery expedition hut at Hut Point on 24 March, but were cut off from the ship and from their Cape Evans base by unsafe sea ice and had to wait, idle, for nearly three months.

Scott's Hut

Building located on the north shore of Cape Evans on Ross Island in Antarctica.

Interior showing beds
Scientific instruments located inside the hut, as they appeared in 2013.

In selecting a base of operations for the 1910–1913 Expedition, Scott rejected the notion of reoccupying the hut he had built by McMurdo Sound during the Discovery Expedition of 1901–1904.

Stuart Robertson (photographer)

New Zealand entrepreneur, designer, and photographer.

Robertson visited and photographed the Hillary's Hut as well as Robert Falcon Scott historic hut at Scott's Hut and Captain Shackleton's hut at Cape Royds, and Discovery Hut on Ross Island.

Jesse Handsley

Able seaman who served with distinction under Captain Robert Falcon Scott on Scott's first expedition to the Antarctic regions; the Discovery expedition of 1901 to 1904.

Memorial Plaque
Discovery hut at Hut Point
Three names from Scott's Discovery Expedition 1901 in Discovery Hut
The expedition ship Discovery in the Antarctic, alongside the Great Ice Barrier
Discovery, Dundee 2007
The Vince memorial cross, erected on the Hut Point promontory
The Voyage of the Discovery
Jesse Handsley
Rock of Gibraltar viewed from graveside
Aerial view of cemetery indicating grave

A hut (known as the Discovery Hut) was erected, intended as accommodation for the men but it proved to be too cold so the ship became their living quarters and base camp.

South (book)

Book by Ernest Shackleton describing the second expedition to Antarctica led by him, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914 to 1917.

Sir Ernest Shackleton

Appendix II, "The expedition huts at McMurdo Sound", by Shackleton, describes the huts known to him, for the benefit of future Antarctic explorers: (1) The National Antarctic Expedition's hut at Hut Point; (2) Cape Royds Hut; (3) Cape Evans Hut; (4) Depots south of Hut Point.

Google Street View in Antarctica

Available on selected locations.

Ceremonial South Pole, Shackleton's Hut, Discovery Hut, added July 2012.

Arthur Harry Blissett

Lance Corporal, Royal Marine who joined Captain Robert Falcon Scott on the Discovery expedition of 1901–1904.

Arthur Blissett Blue Plaque
The Britannia Inn, Brigg
Canterbury Museum, Christchurch

Preparations were underway for the next season's work, observations were undertaken and leisure activities perused including amateur theatricals (performed in Discovery Hut ), educational lectures, football and publication of the South Polar Times.

Sur (short story)

Short story by the American writer Ursula K. Le Guin, first published in The New Yorker on February 1, 1982.

Le Guin in 2009

They sail to the Ross Sea, and at Hut Point they visit Captain Scott's hut; not liking the state it is in, they eventually decide to set up camp on the Great Ice Barrier, digging out cubicles in the ice.