miths of England MILESTONES SERIES No
Today, mention of the polar expeditions of Scott and Shackleton from 1899 to 1917, recalls first the courage and heroism of these leaders and their men ; but the purpose of their voyages was purely scientific. The ” Discovery ” and the “Terra Nova” sailed in quest of news and exact knowledge, to gain which they were equipped with instruments as advanced in design and construction as contemporary skill made available. No wonder the great ” Smith ” family had a part to play in these
historic British enterprises. Captain Scott relied upon ” Smith ” instruments for all his observations: by means of a ” Smith ” recorder he would measure the distances travelled by a sledge, and ” Smith ” watches helped to standardise time for his party.
Both Scott and Shackleton spent many a profitable hour at that mecca of explorers, the famous Fenchurch Street shop of Henry Hughes & Son Ltd., now one of the ” Smith ” group of enterprises.