BOWERS (HENRY ROBERTSON, "Birdie") Draft memorandum notes relating to the march to the Pole, [1911]; and 3 other items by Bowers (4)
Lot 105
BOWERS (HENRY ROBERTSON, "Birdie") Draft memorandum notes relating to the march to the Pole, [1911]; and 3 other items by Bowers (4)
Sold for £9,375 (US$ 15,757) inc. premium
Lot Details
Draft memorandum notes relating to the line of march to the Pole, 2 pages, in pencil (23 lines) and ink (7 lines), on lined paper, 8vo (200 x 165mm.), [1911]; together with 2 other leaves of notes by Bowers, one relating to stores at "Large Hut", the other navigation notes (see footnote), and a hand-written label "Bowyers HYS' Journal. I V 1910" on paper with British Antarctic Expedition emblem (4)


  • MEMORANDUM OUTLINING DEPOT LAYING PLANS PRIOR TO THE MARCH FOR THE POLE, "dogs get back... second journey in Dec or early in Jan Lay depot not later than Jan 10th. This absolutely necessary... Return to Hut Pt abourt Jan 15th... on to meet last party about March 1st in Lat 82 or 82.30 S... forward if possible 5 or 6 days... If returning in Ship hand over this joureny to an officer to be arranged later", with additional ink "Note" in ink "... Candlesticks on own Sledge.... Candles for depot. 3 packets... with ZS Rations". Also a one-page note concerning stores, headed "Large Hut. 9 crates of 3 ply. 12 crates of 1 ply... including Crate no. 6752", listing six sizes of nailes, "Gibson Quilting 17 Bales. Box of Bolts for Principle". The third sheet, in pencil with figures in ink on verso, lists distances "Cape Royd to Hut Pt. 45... Shack inlet to B[eardmore] Glacier 100... B. Glacier 120' long..."

    Provenance: Emily Bowers (mother); Edith Bowers (sister); Mr. Angus McMillan of Paisley, and thence by descent. The remainder of the papers belonging to Bowers' sister were bequeathed by Angus McMillan to the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge.

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  • Please note that, rather than being bequeathed, the majority of the Bowers items owned by Angus McMillan were, in fact, purchased by the Scott Polar Research Institute with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund.
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