A late 19th century presentation telescope and pair of Binoculars, Henry Roberton Bowers 2
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A late 19th century presentation telescope and pair of Binoculars, Henry Roberton Bowers
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A late 19th century presentation telescope and pair of Binoculars, Henry Roberton Bowers 2
Lot Details
A late 19th century presentation telescope and pair of Binoculars, Henry Roberton Bowers
The 2 1/2ins.(6.5cm) single draw telescope by H. Hughes & Son, London, with leather covered tube and sun shade inscribed The Incorporated Thames Nautical Training College HMS Worcester Port of London Third Prize First Nautical & Mathematical Division. To Head Boy from Yearly marks for conduct and application to studies Awarded to Henry Robertson Bowers Midsummer 1899. Together with a pair of Binoculars, understood to have been taken on the Terra Nova Expedition. 2

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Edith Bowers, sister of Henry Bowers.

    Lieutenant Henry Robertson Bowers (1883-1912)
    Born in Greenock, Scotland but moved to Steatham, South London in 1896 after the death of his father. He attended Streatham High School for Boys until 1897, when he went to the training ship HMS Worcester to study for the merchant navy. After graduating, he made four circumnavigations on board the sailing ship Loch Torridon before joining the Royal Indian Marine in 1905 as a Sub Lieutenant, eventually commanding a gunboat on the Irrawaddy river.

    He joined Scott's Terra Nova Expedition in 1910, on the recommendation of Sir Clements Markham, ex president of the Royal Geographical Society and although initially taken on as a storekeeper, his organising ability saw him promoted to the shore party in charge of logistics.

    When the long trek to the Pole began in 1911, Bowers was assigned to Lieut. Evans party, but was transferred to Scott's team when Evans turned back. He was the first to spot Amundsen's flag at the Pole, informing them that they had been beaten to their target. On the subsequent return, he perished with Scott and Wilson in their frozen tent.

    Bowers' mother and sister moved to Rothesay, in Bute, where there is a small Museum devoted to the Polar hero.
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