Antarctic logbooks found from the Scott and Shackleton expeditions | News

Record books and letters relating to the famous British Antarctic expeditions of Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott were found more than a century ago in a New Zealand storage room, where they had remained undisturbed and forgotten for at least 50 years.

National Weather Service staff said they were surprised to find the handwritten records as they prepared to temporarily vacate their Wellington headquarters for renovations.

The finds include a log book from 1916 to 1717 from the Scottish-built sailing ship, SY Aurora, which chronicles her daring voyage to save the Ross Sea party in the Shackleton’s ill-fated 1914 voyage across Antarctica, stranded in Antarctica for two years.

Robert Falcon Scott, Back Row Center Balaclava, and members of Roald Amundsen's Terra Nova Expedition to the South Pole

Robert Falcon Scott, Back Row Center Balaclava, and members of Roald Amundsen’s Terra Nova Expedition to the South Pole

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The collection also includes two books dated 1910 and 1911 from Terra Nova,

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