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The South Pole - The British National Antarctic Expedition (Discovery Expedition) 1901 - 1904, an Edward VII bronze Polar Medal and a Swedish Society for Anthropology & Geography Andreas Retzius medal, awarded to Captain Henry Duncan Mckay, Captain of the Terra Nova, framed as one, the mahogany case 21cm x 10.5cm; an Edwardian sketchbook, begun by Rita Mckay in 1902, containing verses, ditties and drawings, including a pen and ink drawing of a three masted ship in icy waters as the sun comes up, a pencil sketch of children pelting a policeman with snowballs, entitled Some of the Joys of Winter, a comical drawing of a pug, etc c.1902 - 1910 (2)  McKay was Captain of the Terra Nova, which arrived  alongside SY Morning on the Second Relief Expedition to Robert Falcon Scott's icebound Discovery on 15th January 1904 and was awarded this medal for services during what was the first official British exploration of the Antarctic regions since that under taken by James Clark Ross. Strict instructions were sent by the Admiralty that if the Discovery could not be freed from its stricken position at Hut Point by an agreed date (25th February), then she was to be abandoned and her compliment brought back on the relief ships. Indeed, correspondence between Scott and McKay referring to 'arrangements for abandoning the
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The South Pole - The British National Antarctic Expedition (Discovery Expedition) 1901 - 1904, an Edward VII bronze Polar Medal and a Swedish Society for Anthropology & Geography Andreas Retzius medal, awarded to Captain Henry Duncan Mckay, Captain of the Terra Nova, framed as one, the mahogany case 21cm x 10.5cm; an Edwardian sketchbook, begun by Rita Mckay in 1902, containing verses, ditties and drawings, including a pen and ink drawing of a three masted ship in icy waters as the sun comes up, a pencil sketch of children pelting a policeman with snowballs, entitled Some of the Joys of Winter, a comical drawing of a pug, etc c.1902 - 1910 (2) McKay was Captain of the Terra Nova, which arrived alongside SY Morning on the Second Relief Expedition to Robert Falcon Scott's icebound Discovery on 15th January 1904 and was awarded this medal for services during what was the first official British exploration of the Antarctic regions since that under taken by James Clark Ross. Strict instructions were sent by the Admiralty that if the Discovery could not be freed from its stricken position at Hut Point by an agreed date (25th February), then she was to be abandoned and her compliment brought back on the relief ships. Indeed, correspondence between Scott and McKay referring to 'arrangements for abandoning the "Discovery" ' now preserved in the archive of the Scott Polar Research Institute Cambridge but available in xerox with the above lot details such arrangements as 'the ship's company will be divided between the two relief ships. The "Morning" has the better accommodation for officers and the "Terra Nova" the better accommodation for men.' However, after a sudden break in the ice on 14th February and subsequent work with explosives and ice saws the Discovery was able to begin her homeward journey on 17th February 1904 Provenance: The descendent's of Captain Henry Duncan McKay

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