RESULTS OF THE EXPEDITION



Back in England, Borchgrevink claimed the expedition to be a great success. He stated "The Antarctic regions might be another Klondyke. There are fish - fisheries might be established. There are seals and birds. There is quartz in which metals are to be seen. But to make use of these things, if they prove to be of sufficient value, the difficulties of getting there must be overcome." But as the eminent geographer H.R.Mill stated, "While the scientific results of the expedition were not so great as expected (many of Hanson's natural history notes mysteriously disappeared) the expedition was interesting as a dashing piece of scientific work and useful in training men for later service." Observations had been made in geology, botany, marine biology, meteorology, magnetism and of the aurora. Marine species were discovered and the first speciman of a Ross Seal Attained.

Two years later when the Discovery reached Cape Adare on Scott's first expedition (1901-04), a large quantity of equipment was strewn about the huts. There were bundles of 20 Union Jacks, ski, Canadian snowshoes, bamboo poles, dead dogs, seals, bundles of bird specimens, penguins and provisions. Colbeck, Borchgrevink's magnetic observer, who landed from the Morning a year later, found the scene heart breaking. Stores of every description, tins of dog biscuits, ammunition, broken ski, sledges and camp stoves were Iying from beach to beach.


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