After the expedition Borchgrevink visited England, the United States and Germany but spent most of his time in Norway. In July 1902 he was embroiled in a controversy with the Natural History Museum, London, over Hanson's collections and missing field note books and in August announced that he intended to lead a new Antarctic expedition for the National Geographic Society. This came to nothing nor did an expedition announced in Berlin in 1909. He devoted the remainder of his life to writing articles on literacy and sporting matters and produced "The game of Norway." In 1930, as a result of the efforts of Mill, his achievements were recognised by the Royal Society who granted Borchgrevink it's highest honour, the Patron's Medal. He died in Oslo on 21 April 1934 never receiving the recognition his wife claimed he deserved.

After the expedition, the Southern Cross was transferred to a new owner and reverted to its former role of sealing. In late March 1914, the ship was crushed by ice and sank off Cape Race near the south-east corner of Newfoundland. Of the crew, 30 frostbitten survivors were rescued, 40 bodies were found and 30 were posted missing.

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