He went to navy training school at age 13. At 31 he met Sir Clements
Markham. With no experience in the Arctic or Antarctic, he was selected by Markham
to lead the National Antarctic Expedition. His ship, Discovery , was built for
his first expedition, though it turned out to be poorly designed for the ice.
Under Scott’s leadership, the expedition covered 3100 miles with sledge
teams. With Shackleton and Wilson, he set the record for furthest south, at the
time. Called "The Owner" by his crew, he was an isolated man, intelligent,
restless, given to self-doubt and vacillation. These qualities would ultimately
create disaster for his second Antarctic expedition in a ship called Terra Nova .