Robert F. Scott: The Agony at Poleheim #2
Robert Falcon Scott (1868 – 1912)
Scott entered navy training school at age 13 and graduated to midshipman. As lieutenant he served in the Caribbean and the Pacific. In 1899 while a torpedo lieutenant he met Sir Clements Markham and applied to lead his National Antarctic Expedition. He had no previous experience in exploration, let alone in a place as treacherous as the Antarctic.
Under Scott, the Discovery expedition, (1901-1904), covered 3100 miles with sledge teams and carried out a significant science program. He set the record for furthest south, (82 degrees), with Shackleton and Wilson. His second, Terra Nova, expedition, (1910-1912), was run on strict navy lines like the first. Scott and four others reached the South Pole on 17 January, 1912 to find that Amundsen had been there a month prior.