Official Report of the Voyage of the Discovery sent by Reuters

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3 Lyttelton Special
On Feb 3 the "Discovery" entered an inlet in the Barrier in 
longitude 174. A balloon was sent up and a sledge party examined 
the land as far as latitude 78[degree] 50'. Near Mounts Erebus and 
Terror at the southern extremity of an island, excellent winter 
quarters were found. The expedition next observed the coast of 
Victoria Land extending as far as a conspicuous cape in latitude 
78[degree] 50'. It was found that mountains do not exist here and the 
statement that they were to be found is clearly a matter for 
explanation. Huts for living and for making magnetic observations 
were erected and the expedition prepared for wintering. The 
weather was boisterous, but a reconnaissance of sledge parties 
was sent our during which the seaman Vince lost his life, the 
remainder of the party narrowly escaping a similar fate. The 

ship was frozen in on Mar 24. The expedition passed a comfortable 
winter in well sheltered quarters. The lowest recorded temperature 
was 62[degree] below zero. The sledging commenced on Sept 2, parties 
being sent out in all directions. Lieutenant Royds, Mr Skelton 
and party successfully established a record in an expedition to 
Mount Terror, travelling over the Barrier under severe sleighing 
conditions, with a temperature of 58[degree] below zero. 
R Mar 25 03

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Official Report of the Voyage of the Discovery sent by Reuters, 1903. From The Royal Society, MS/547/7/19



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