National Geographic : 1938 Aug
Photograph byHerbert G.Ponting "A GOOD SOUTH WIND SPRUNG UP BEHIND; THE ALBATROSS DID FOLLOW" Like the bird of good omen in Coleridge's Ancient Mariner, these black-browed albatrosses followed in the wake ofthe Terra Nova, bearing the Scott South Polar Ex pedition into Antarctic seas in 1910. Unlike the wretched sailor of the poem, who wantonly shot the albatross (Plate I)and thus brought dire tragedy tohis vessel, the polar explorers regaled the sea gliders with food. Nevertheless, the expedition had a tragic end. Captain Scott and four ofhis companions, pushing southward by sledge, reached the pole on January 18, 1912, only to find that Amundsen had preceded them by a month. On the long trek back tothe ship all ofthe heroic group perished.