Tom Crean set off on a second voyage with
Scott in 1910 on a ship called the
This time they had competition from another group who came from Norway.
This group was led by Roald Amundsen.
The race was on to reach the South Pole! The ship was packed again and
this time they also took along 19 ponies and Tom smuggled a rabbit on
They battled storms and a fierce hurricane on they way and two of the
ponies were lost at sea. The courageous crew feared for there lives.
Thankfully they survived.
When they reached the Antarctic, they set up camp at Hut Point.
This hut was built in case the ship was frozen again and they remained
here for the winter months.
They then travelled 1200 kilometres across the snow and ice.
It would take them about five months to reach the pole.
The explorers buried food and supplies along the way for their journey
These food depots would keep them alive
on the return trip and they also lightened their load in the hazardous
The first part of the journey was across the ice barrier about 650 kms
then up the Beardmore Glacier, which is very slippy and dangerous, for
The toughest journey was yet to face them,
across the Polar Plateau for over 500kms to reach the Pole.
Although this time they had
ponies with them, the weather conditions
were too extreme and so they eventually had to shoot the ponies to put
them out of their misery and had to eat their meat afterwards. This
made a change from the usual porridge like substance they normally had
This was a tough decision to make and deeply saddened the brave men.
Without dogs or ponies the men had to pull the heavy sleighs themselves
and this slowed them down greatly.
Captain Scott had a group of twelve so far
on this part of the journey and seven were to be sent back and five
to continue on to the pole. Tom was one of the five and Lieutenant Teddy
Evans was in charge. Tom was heart-broken. The weather got worse as
the men said goodbye - this was the last time Scott ond his four companions
were seen alive.
Captain Scott and his four companions made it to the south pole in January
However Amundsen had beaten the to it and they could see the Norwegian
Scott and his men battled the tough climate conditions to return home
but this proved too difficult and sadly all five men died on the return
Tom, Bill Lashly and Lt. Evans struggled on their way home. They were
exhuasted and weak from lack of food. Lt Evans was also suffering from
a disease called Scurvy, which comes form a lack of vitamin C in the
body. Eventually, he became so weak he had to remain in a tent with
Bill to take care of him, while Tom ventured on by himeself hoping to
make it back to base in time to have his friends rescued. He somehow
managed, weak as he was, to make it back (over 50kms) through the freezing
temperatures and bitter winds and collapsed on arrival.
Due to this heroic venture he saved the lives of the two men and received
the Albert Medal, a high award for bravery from King George V in England.
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