On This Day in 1898

On 23 August, 1898, the Southern Cross left London at the beginning of the British Antarctic Expedition 1898–1900. The exhibition was the project of the half-British, half-Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink and was financed by the English publisher, Sir George Newnes, 1st Baronet of Wildcroft. Borchgrevink purchased the whaler Pollux, built in Norway in 1886, renamed her Southern Cross and prepared for her first journey into the southern waters. The ship left London on 23 August, 1898, and although it was criticised on its return (perhaps headed by Sir Clements Robert Markham) it conducted scientific research at its base at Cape Adare, it was the first expedition to over-winter on the Antarctic … Continue reading On This Day in 1898