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The Voyages of the Discovery

Nature volume 140, pages 529532 (25 September 1937) | Download Citation



ABOUT forty years ago, the first Discovery lay abuilding in Stephen's yard at Dundee, for Captain Seott's Antarctic Expedition. She was built like a Dundee whaler, but of the finest African oak, and finished as a labour of love ; her timbers, spars and full barque-rigging were all as strong as Stephen and his men could make them ; but the old lines were not left unaltered, and when she put to sea she rolled terribly. The Hudson's Bay Co. got her later on, and the Colonial Office took her over when she was five and twenty years old and sent her on her first and last cruise to the Falklands and the South Georgian whaling-grounds. She found other Antarctic work to do under the Australian and New Zealand Governments, when our Colonial a "whale-catcher", to study and mark the whale at close quarters ; the Norwegian whaling-skippers at Walfisch Bay (when I happened once to pass thereby) thought they could have built her a great deal better ; but still she has marked her whales, and done good work in other ways.

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