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The Rescue of Captain Scott Don Aldridge

The Rescue of Captain Scott

Don Aldridge

Published November 1st 1999
ISBN : 9781862320703
Hardcover
216 pages
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This book explores the reasons for the building of Scotts ship Discovery in Dundee. It recounts the remarkable exploits of Dundees ice master, Captain Harry McKay, whose experience of rescuing ships locked in pack ice with the aid of his newMoreThis book explores the reasons for the building of Scotts ship Discovery in Dundee. It recounts the remarkable exploits of Dundees ice master, Captain Harry McKay, whose experience of rescuing ships locked in pack ice with the aid of his new explosive techniques, made him the Admiraltys choice to free Scott from this fate in 1904. The authors research in Dundee, New Zealand and Australia has uncovered unpublished material, including photographs and diaries, from the two rescue ships and reveals for the first time how two Merchant Navy Captains - McKay of the Terra Nova and Colbeck of the Morning - blasted 18 miles of ice to free Scott.The book has a darker side and tells how Discoverys inexperienced leader consigned the two superbly experienced and competent captains, McKay and Colbeck, to oblivion and became a national hero in their stead.