The final resting place of the Terra Nova–the ship that carried Captain Robert Falcon Scott to his infamous South-Pole-journey-gone-south–was recently uncovered by a research vessel off the coast of Greenland.
In 1910, Scott embarked on a race to be first to the South Pole that would prove to be The Worst Journey in the World, because of its disastrous results and the horrific conditions its participants endured. In 1912, Scott and his team finally reached the coveted pole–only to learn they’d come in second to Roald Amundsen’s Norwegian team, who’d arrive 33 days before. Adding insult to injury, Amundsen and his crew all lived to explore another day, while Scott was among those on his crew who perished on his journey back from the South Pole.
While some survivors of Scott’s expedition made it home, the Terra Nova’s post-Antarctic life never warmed up much and was also ultimately ill-fated. She served as a sealing boat off Newfoundland and was then pressed into military service during WWII, ferrying supplies between Arctic bases. In September 1943, she lost a fight with an iceberg, but sank slowly enough to permit the rescue of her crew.
Almost 70 years after settling on the bottom, research company Schmidt Ocean Institute stumbled on the wreck while testing sonar mapping equipment. Using footage taken with submersible cameras, they matched features to historical photos and verified the ship’s identity.
And it’s through this footage that we will see the last of the Terra Nova. “I think the condition she is in, the depth of the water, and the cost of any salvage operation would make her recovery most unlikely,” Brian Kelly of Discovery Point museum told the BBC.
You can check out some of this footage below.