Discovery Point, in the Scottish city of Dundee, is the home of RRS Discovery, the the ship which transported Captain Scott’s first Antarctic “Discovery Expedition” to the South Pole in 1901. The ship was built in Dundee and returned there in 1986.
RSS Discovery against the Dundee skyline
Discovery was locked in by ice in the South Pole during the Winter of 1903. She had to be rescued by two other ships, Morning and Terra Nova (which took Scott back to Antarctica on the ill fated Terra Nova Expedition in 1910). In order to free Discovery the rescuers had to blast through 20 miles of ice.
Discovery Point entrance
RRS Discovery was the first ship to be specifically constructed for Antarctic exploration. Dundee was chosen due to the workers experience in building robust whaling ships.
Dundee Docks exhibit at Discovery Point
The “Race to the Pole – Centenary of the Terra Nova Expedition” exhibition runs until 2 December 2010, to commemorate 100 years since the start of Scott’s second and final journey to the Antarctic, where the expedition members perished on their way back to the ship, after being beaten to the South Pole by the Norwegian Amundsen.
Ice fishing exhibit at Discovery Point Dundee
The highlight of my visit was going on board RSS Discovery. I was amazed by the height of the masts, although the ship did also have engines.