Posted by Diana
Date: 25 August 2010
Temperature: -23 C (-9 F)
Wind Speed: 15 knots, NE
Temp with wind chill: -45 C (-49 F)
Discovery Hut at Hut Point was erected by Robert Falcon Scott and members of his British Antarctic (Discovery) Expedition in February/March of 1902. Cricket and I accompanied the winter conservators Nicola, Melinda, Jane and Georgina to Discovery Hut to conduct a survey of how the building weathered the winter. Snow build up around the hut is being monitored in order to assist with preservation.
Discovery Hut, Hut Point © AHT/D Komejan
Discovery Hut, because of its proximity to McMurdo (you can see part of the base in the left corner of the image), has had the most visitation over the years. The building was designed and pre-fabricated in Australia then erected at Hut Point. Because of its large open design, it was difficult to keep warm and has actually only ever been inhabited for short periods of time. Scott’s 1902 party used it as a depot. It then was used by members of the British Antarctic (Nimrod) Expedition 1907-09 lead by Ernest Shackleton, then by British Antarctic (Terra Nova) Expedition 1910-13 led by R. F. Scott, and finally by the Ross Sea Party members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17 under Sir Ernest Shackleton’s leadership.
Winter 2010 Conservators at the Cross on Observation Hill © AHT/D Komejan
It was wonderful for Cricket and I to have our first visit to one of the huts. After taking photos and notes we had a little light left for a walk up the hill to the cross erected in memory of George Vince, the first recorded person to die in Antarctica when he fell over a cliff during a blizzard. It has a wonderful view over the McMurdo Sound and of McMurdo Base.