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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Captain Oates and Siberian ponies on board Terra Nova


Creator: Herbert George Ponting (1870-1935) (photographer)
Creation Date: 
Nov 1910
Materials and techniques: 
Carbon print
44.4 x 59.0 cm (image)
Acquirer: King George V, King of the United Kingdom (1865-1936)
Presented to King George V, 1914

Photograph of Captain Lawrence Oates (1880-1912), standing in front of four Siberian ponies in stalls on board the Terra Nova while two dogs sleep on ground in front.

Lawrence Oates - who was to be a member of Scott’s Polar Party - was included in the expedition on the strength of his experience with horses. Unfortunately he was not involved in the selection of the animals, and described those that were chosen as ’a load of crocks’. The ponies hauled the supplies during the early stages of the expedition, but they were ill-suited to the extreme Antarctic conditions.

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