Cape Evans

From: Antarctica Travel Guide

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Cape Evans, Antarctica
Cape Evans was named after Robert Falcon Scott's second in command, lieutenant Edward R.G.R Evans.

Cape Evans is located on the western side of Ross Island within the Ross Sea and is the location of Scotts Hut which was used as the main headquarters during the British Antarctic Expedition, also known as the Terra Nova Expedition in 1910-1913.

Scotts Hut
The hut which was prefabricated, brought over and assembled on site was 50 by 25 feet and was insulated by seaweed that was sewn into a quilt and placed between two walls forming the interior and exterior walls. The hut contained a work area and an area for sleeping. There was also a large stable area attached to the main building which was 50 by 16 feet which was for the Siberian ponies that were used during the expedition.

It was from here that Scott along with his men left for the South Pole, never to return. The party of men left behind at the hut stayed for a further winter after the Scott and his party failed to return so that they could search and recover the bodies of their fallen comrades during the spring. When the expedition was over the hut was left well stocked with fuel and food stores.

Scotts Hut was to prove a life line for another expedition, this time during Shackleton’s expedition in 1915 when a party of men were left stranded after the ship the Aurora which was the main headquarters and their living quarters broke adrift leaving the party stranded until such time that they could be rescued.

Thanks to the stores left at Scotts Hut the men were able to survive and in 1917 when it came time to leave they too also left the cabin in good order and locked it up helping to preserve the contents within. The hut was left untouched, buried under snow until 1956 when a US expedition dug it out and found it to be incredibly well preserved considering the harsh conditions that it has had to endure.

The hut which was included on the World Monuments Watch list of the 100 most endangered sites is remarkably well preserved and contains several unique artefacts from Scotts expeditions and benefits from continued maintenance from the Antarctic Heritage Trust such as snow clearance.