The SS TERRA NOVA (1884-1943)
Whaler, Sealer and Polar Exploration Ship
by  Michael C. Tarver
This is the story of one of Britain’s most famous expedition ships put together from accounts recorded by men who sailed in her.   Extensively researched, it covers a sixty year history of the ship built at Dundee by a famous Scottish shipbuilding company for the late 19th century days of whaling and sealing before coal gas and electricity took over from animal oils in domestic and commercial use.   Terra Nova operated from her home port of Dundee and afterwards St. John’s, Newfoundland, when a sea-going career in the seal fishery during those times brought a hard way of life with many human losses and tragedies.
The late 19th century saw increased activity toward exploration of the polar regions to the north and south and the suitability of the sturdy Dundee whalers saw them drawn into the ‘heroic age’ of polar exploration.   This was the period associated with the expeditions of Scott, Shackleton, Bruce, Mawson, Amundsen and explorers from many other nations who used wooden ships to enter unknown polar regions in pursuit of territorial advancement and science.

Terra Nova, a large and powerful steam whaler was seconded from the seal fishery in Newfoundland as relief ship for the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, and the United States Fiala-Ziegler Arctic Expedition, 1903-1905.  Her most famous role was for three years as the expedition ship for the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913, led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott, RN. 

There is a foreword by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

The Author, Michael C. Tarver  is an associate member of the Scott Polar Research Institute, the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust and the Captain Scott Society, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Splendid reading…in the heroic nature of high latitude navigation”

International Journal of Maritime History, Memorial University of Newfoundland

 Richly illustrated book, beautifully crafted, a pleasure to own”

Polar Record,   University of Cambridge

ISBN 0 9552208 0 7  
Published 2006 in large format 280 x 210mm (11” x 8¼”). 
256 pages with 160 photos and illustrations. 

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