Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration

Roald Amundsen, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel and Oscar Wisting (l–r) after first reaching the south pole on 16 December 1911.

The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration was an era in the exploration of the continent of Antarctica which began at the end of the 19th century, and ended after the First World War; the Shackleton–Rowett Expedition of 1921–1922 is often cited by historians as the dividing line between the "Heroic" and "Mechanical" ages.[1][2][3]

During the Heroic Age, the Antarctic region became the focus of international efforts that resulted in intensive scientific and geographical exploration by 17 major Antarctic expeditions launched from ten countries.[4] The common factor in these expeditions was the limited nature of the resources available to them before advances in transport and communication technologies revolutionized the work of exploration.[1][5] Each of these expeditions therefore became a feat of endurance that tested, and sometimes exceeded, the physical and mental limits of its personnel. The "heroic" label, bestowed later, recognized the adversities which had to be overcome by these pioneers, some of whom did not survive the experience: a total of 19 expedition members died during this period.

Both the geographic and magnetic South Poles were reached for the first time during the Heroic Age. The achievement of being first to the geographical pole was the primary object in many expeditions, as well as the sole rationale for Roald Amundsen's venture, which became the first to reach it in 1911. Other expeditions aimed for different objectives in different areas of the continent. As a result of all this activity, much of the continent's coastline was discovered and mapped, and significant areas of its interior were explored. The expeditions also generated large quantities of scientific data across a wide range of disciplines, the examination and analysis of which would keep the world's scientific communities busy for decades.[6]


Terra Australis
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"Terra Australis Nondum Cognita" is the large continent on the bottom of this 1570 map by Abraham Ortelius
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TypeHypothetical continent

Exploration of the southernmost part of the globe had been an off-and-on area of interest for centuries prior to the Heroic Age, yet the sheer isolation of the region as well as its inhospitable climate and treacherous seas presented enormous practical difficulties for early maritime technology. Prior to what is commonly known as the Age of Exploration, British explorer James Cook became one of the first explorers known to have traveled to the region. The discoveries of his second voyage (1772–1775) changed the world map forever.[7] Prior to this expedition it was believed that a large continent known as Terra Australis occupied the majority of the Southern Hemisphere. Cook discovered that no such landmass existed, though massive ice floes prevented his reaching Antarctica proper.[7] In the process his expedition became the first recorded voyage to cross the Antarctic Circle. He did hypothesize that, based upon the amount of ice, there must be a landmass from which the ice originated, but was convinced that if it existed this land was too far south to be either habitable or of any economic value.[7] Subsequently, exploration of the southern regions of the world came to a halt.

Interest was renewed again between 1819 and 1843.[8] As Europe settled after a period of war and unrest, explorers Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, John Biscoe, John Balleny, Charles Wilkes, Jules Dumont d'Urville, and James Clark Ross sought greater knowledge of the Antarctic regions.[8] The primary goal of these explorers was to penetrate the vast barriers of sea ice that hid Antarctica proper, beginning with Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev's circumnavigation of the region in 1819–1821, during which they became the first to sight and therefore officially discover mainland Antarctica, and culminating in Wilkes' discovery of Victoria Land and naming of the volcanoes now known as Mount Terror and Mount Erebus in 1840.[8] Much early knowledge of the lands south of the Antarctic Circle was also derived from economic pursuits by sealers and whalers, including the probable first landing on mainland Antarctica by an American sealer in 1821, though whether this landing was truly the first is disputed by historians. These explorers, despite their impressive contributions to South Polar exploration, were nonetheless unable to penetrate the interior of the continent, and their discoveries instead formed a broken line of newly discovered lands along the coastline of Antarctica.

Antarctic Region, 1848
The known Antarctic region after the 1819–1843 period of intensive exploration.
The known Antarctic region after the 1819–1843 period of intensive exploration.

What followed this early period of exploration is what historian H. R. Mill called "the age of averted interest".[9] Following James Clark Ross' expedition aboard the ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror in January 1841, Ross suggested that there were no scientific discoveries worth exploration in the far South.[9] It has been suggested that Ross' influence, as well as the widely publicized loss of the Franklin expedition in the Arctic in 1848, led to a period of disinterest, or at least an unwillingness to invest significant resources, in polar inquiry, particularly by the Royal Society. In the twenty years following Ross' return, there was a general lull internationally in Antarctic exploration.[9]

An old bearded man drawing or measuring with a compass.
The oceanographer
Sir John Murray

The initial impetus for the renewed exploration of the Antarctic that became known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration is somewhat contested, as it was a vague and multifarious international movement. George von Neumayer of Hamburg, also an Antarctic explorer, worked to renew Antarctic exploration from 1861 onward as he worked in an observatory in Melbourne.[8] His particular interests were the importance of meteorology and how more information about the South Pole could lead to more accurate weather predictions. This helps explain German involvement in Antarctic research. Another important precursor to the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration was the Dundee Antarctic Expedition of 1892–93 in which four Dundee whaling ships travelled south to the Antarctic in search of whales instead of their usual Arctic route. The expedition was accompanied by several naturalists (including Williams Speirs Bruce) and an artist, William Gordon Burn Murdoch. The publications (both scientific and popular) and exhibitions that resulted did much to reignite public interest in the Antarctic. The performance of the whaling ships was also crucial in the decision to build RRS Discovery in Dundee.[10]

Another, particularly British, impetus more closely tied to the period is a lecture given by John Murray titled "The Renewal of Antarctic Exploration", given to the Royal Geographical Society in London, on 27 November 1893.[11] Murray advocated that research into the Antarctic should be organised to "resolve the outstanding geographical questions still posed in the south".[12] Shortly prior to this, in 1887, the Royal Geographic Society had instated an Antarctic Committee which successfully incited many whalers to explore the southern regions of the world and foregrounded the lecture given by Murray.[8] In August 1895, the Sixth International Geographical Congress in London passed a general resolution calling on scientific societies throughout the world to promote the cause of Antarctic exploration "in whatever ways seem to them most effective".[13] Such work, the resolution argued, would "bring additions to almost every branch of science".[13] The Congress was addressed by the Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink, who had just returned from a whaling expedition during which he had become one of the first people to set foot on the Antarctic mainland. During his address, Borchgrevink outlined plans for a full-scale pioneering Antarctic expedition, to be based at Cape Adare.[14]

However, the inauguration of the Heroic Age is now generally considered to be an expedition launched by the Belgian Geographical Society in 1897; Borchgrevink followed a year later with a privately sponsored expedition.[15][16] The designation "Heroic Age" only came much later; the term is not used in any of the early expedition accounts or memoirs, nor in biographies of polar figures involved in the Heroic Age which appeared in the 1920s and 1930s. It is not clear when the term was first coined or adopted generally. It was used in March 1956 by the British explorer Duncan Carse, writing in The Times. Describing the first crossing of South Georgia by Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1916, Carse wrote of "three men from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, with 50 feet of rope between them, and a carpenter's adze".[17]

Expeditions, 1897–1922


  1. The summaries in the table do not include the scientific work carried out by these expeditions, each of which brought back findings and specimens across a wide range of disciplines.
  2. The table does not include the numerous whaling voyages that took place during this period, or sub-Antarctic expeditions such as that of Carl Chun in 1898–1899, which did not penetrate the Antarctic Circle.[18] Also excluded is the Cope Expedition of 1920–1922, which collapsed through lack of funding, though two men were landed from a Norwegian whaler and spent a year on the Antarctic peninsula.[19] Three expeditions scheduled to start in 1914 were cancelled due to the outbreak of the First World War: an Austrian Antarctic Expedition to be led by Felix König; an Anglo-Swedish expedition under Otto Nordenskjöld and Johan Gunnar Andersson, and a British expedition under Joseph Foster Stackhouse.[20]
  3. † Denotes that leader died during expedition.
DatesCountryExpedition name(s)Ship(s)LeaderExpedition summaryRefs
1897–99  BelgiumBelgian Antarctic ExpeditionBelgicaA bearded man of about 30 years in fur hat and winter coat.Adrien de GerlacheThis was the first expedition to overwinter south of the Antarctic Circle, after the ship was icebound in the Bellingshausen Sea. It collected the first annual cycle of Antarctic observations. It also reached 71°30'S, and discovered the Gerlache Strait. First Mate Roald Amundsen would later lead the first arrival at the South Pole, in 1911.[4][21][22]
1898–1900 UKBritish Antarctic Expedition 1898
(Southern Cross Expedition)
Southern CrossA man with moustache in a winter coat with a hat covering his ears.Carsten BorchgrevinkThe first expedition to overwinter on the Antarctic mainland (Cape Adare), Borchgrevink's expedition was the first to make use of dogs and sledges. It made the first ascent of the Great Ice Barrier,[23] and set a Farthest South record at 78°30'S. It also calculated the location of the South Magnetic Pole.[24][25][26]
1901–04 UKNational Antarctic Expedition 1901
(Discovery Expedition)
Discovery (main vessel)
Morning (relief ship)
Terra Nova (relief ship)
A man in ceremonial military uniform.Robert Falcon ScottIt made the first ascent of the Western Mountains in Victoria Land, and discovered the polar plateau. Its southern journey set a new Farthest South record at 82°17'S.[27] Many other geographical features were discovered, mapped, and named. This was the first of several expeditions based in McMurdo Sound.[28][29][30]
1901–03German EmpireGermanyFirst German Antarctic Expedition
(Gauss Expedition)
GaussA man with moustache in a smart dress.Erich von DrygalskiThe first expedition to investigate eastern Antarctica, it discovered the coast of Kaiser Wilhelm II Land, and Mount Gauss. The expedition's ship became trapped in ice, which prevented more extensive exploration.[31][32][33]
1901–03 SwedenSwedish Antarctic ExpeditionAntarctic (main vessel)
ARA Uruguay (support ship)
A middle-aged bearded man in a smart dress.Otto NordenskjöldThis expedition worked in the east coastal area of Graham Land. It was marooned on Snow Hill Island and Paulet Island in the Weddell Sea after the sinking of its expedition ship, and was later rescued by the Argentinian naval vessel ARA Uruguay.[34][35][36]
1902–04 UKScottish National Antarctic ExpeditionScotiaA middle-aged bearded man wearing a tie, waistcoat and jacket.William Speirs BruceThe permanent Orcadas weather station in South Orkney Islands was established. The Weddell Sea was penetrated to 74°01'S, and the coastline of Coats Land was discovered, defining the sea's eastern limits.[37][38]
1903–05 FranceThird French Antarctic ExpeditionFrançaisAn older bearded man with a hat wearing a tie and coat. He is keeping a pile of papers or documents under his arm.Jean-Baptiste CharcotOriginally intended as a relief expedition for the stranded Nordenskjöld party, the main work of this expedition was the mapping and charting of islands and the western coasts of Graham Land, on the Antarctic Peninsula. A section of the coast was explored, and named Loubet Land after the President of France.[39][40][41]
1907–09 UKBritish Antarctic Expedition 1907
(Nimrod Expedition)
NimrodA young man wearing a tie, jacket and waistcoat.Ernest ShackletonThe first expedition led by Shackleton. Based in McMurdo Sound, it pioneered the Beardmore Glacier route toward the South Pole, and the (limited) use of motorised transport. Its southern march reached 88°23'S, a new Farthest South record, just 97 geographical miles from the Pole. The Northern Party reached the location of the South Magnetic Pole.[42][43][44]
1908–10 FranceFourth French Antarctic ExpeditionPourquoi-Pas? IVAn older bearded man with a hat wearing a tie and coat. He is keeping a pile of papers or documents under his arm.Jean-Baptiste CharcotThis continued the work of the earlier French expedition with a general exploration of the Bellingshausen Sea, and the discovery of islands and other features, including Marguerite Bay, Charcot Island, Renaud Island, Mikkelsen Bay, and Rothschild Island.[39][45]
1910–12 JapanJapanese Antarctic ExpeditionKainan MaruAn Asian man in military uniform with a hat.Nobu ShiraseThe first non-European Antarctic expedition carried out a coastal exploration of King Edward VII Land, and investigated the eastern sector of the Great Ice Barrier, reaching 80°5'S.[46][47]
1910–12 NorwayAmundsen's South Pole expeditionFramA bearded man wearing a bow tie and coat.Roald AmundsenAmundsen set up camp on the Great Ice Barrier, at the Bay of Whales. He discovered a new route to the polar plateau via the Axel Heiberg Glacier. Using this route, a party of five led by Amundsen became the first to successfully reach the geographic South Pole on 14 December 1911.[48][49][50]
1910–13 UKBritish Antarctic Expedition 1910
(Terra Nova Expedition)
Terra NovaMan in winter coat wearing a balaclava or ski mask style headgear.Robert Falcon ScottScott's last expedition, based like his first in McMurdo Sound. Scott and four companions reached the geographic South Pole via the Beardmore route on 17 January 1912, 33 days after Amundsen. All five died on the return journey from the Pole through a combination of starvation and cold.[51][52][53]
1911–13German EmpireGermanySecond German Antarctic ExpeditionDeutschlandMiddle-aged man wearing a tie, waistcoat and jacket.Wilhelm FilchnerThe main objective was to establish the nature of the geographical relationship between the Weddell and Ross seas. The expedition achieved the southernmost penetration of the Weddell Sea to date, reaching 77°45'S, and discovered the Luitpold Coast, Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, and Vahsel Bay. It failed to establish a shore base from which to conduct its explorations, and after a long drift in the Weddell Sea pack it returned to South Georgia.[36][54][55]
1911–14 Australia and  New ZealandAustralasian Antarctic ExpeditionAuroraMan wearing a tie, waistcoat and jacket.Douglas MawsonThe expedition concentrated on the stretch of Antarctic coastline between Cape Adare and Mount Gauss, carrying out mapping and survey work on coastal and inland territories. Discoveries included Commonwealth Bay, Ninnis Glacier, Mertz Glacier, and Queen Mary Land.[56][57]
1914–17 UKImperial Trans-Antarctic ExpeditionEndurance
Bearded middle-aged man with a cowboy hat.Ernest ShackletonShackleton's expedition attempted a transcontinental crossing between the Weddell and Ross seas via the South Pole, but failed to land the Weddell Sea shore party after Endurance was trapped and crushed in pack ice. The expedition then rescued itself after a series of exploits, including a prolonged drift on ice floes, a lifeboat escape to Elephant Island, an 800-mile open-boat journey to South Georgia Island, and the first crossing of South Georgia.[58][59]
1914–17 UKRoss Sea party In support of
Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition
AuroraA man in formal dress. Crop from a group picture.Aeneas MackintoshIts objective was to lay depots across the Great Ice Barrier, to supply the party crossing from the Weddell Sea. All the required depots were laid, but in the process three men, including the leader Mackintosh, lost their lives.[60]
1921–22 UKShackleton–Rowett ExpeditionQuestMan wearing a thick jumper and over it suspenders.Ernest ShackletonVaguely defined objectives included coastal mapping, a possible continental circumnavigation, the investigation of sub-Antarctic islands, and oceanographic work. After Shackleton's death on 5 January 1922, Quest completed a shortened programme before returning home.[61][62]

Expedition deaths during the Heroic Age

Twenty-two men died on Antarctic expeditions during the Heroic Age. Of these, four died of illnesses unrelated to their Antarctic experiences, and two died from accidents in New Zealand, and one in France. The remaining 15 perished during service on or near the Antarctic continent.

ExpeditionNameCountryDate of deathPlace of deathCauseRefs
Belgian Antarctic ExpeditionCarl August WienckeNorway22 January 1898South Shetland IslandsWashed overboard and drowned[63]
Émile DancoBelgium5 June 1898Bellingshausen SeaHeart disease
Southern Cross ExpeditionNicolai HansenNorway14 October 1899Cape Adare, AntarcticaIntestinal disorder[64]
Discovery ExpeditionCharles BonnorUK2 December 1901Lyttelton Harbour, New ZealandFall from ship's mast[65][66]
George VinceUK11 March 1902Ross Island, AntarcticaSlip over ice precipice
First German Antarctic ExpeditionJosef EnzenspergerGermany2 February 1903Kerguelen IslandBeriberi
Swedish Antarctic ExpeditionOle Kristian WennersgaardSweden7 June 1903Paulet IslandHeart Failure
Scottish National Antarctic ExpeditionAllan RamseyUK6 August 1903South Orkney IslandsHeart disease[67]
Third French Antarctic ExpeditionF. MaignanFrance15 August 1903Le Havre, FranceStruck by broken rope4]8
Terra Nova ExpeditionEdgar EvansUK17 February 1912Beardmore Glacier, AntarcticaHead injury, starvation, and cold[68][69][70]
Lawrence OatesUK17 March 1912Great Ice Barrier, AntarcticaStarvation and cold
Robert Falcon ScottUK29 March 1912Great Ice Barrier, AntarcticaStarvation and cold
Edward WilsonUK29 March 1912Great Ice Barrier, AntarcticaStarvation and cold
Henry BowersUK29 March 1912Great Ice Barrier, AntarcticaStarvation and cold
Robert BrissendenUK17 August 1912Admiralty Bay, New ZealandDrowning
Second German Antarctic ExpeditionWalter SlossarczykGermany26 November 1911Mount Duse, South GeorgiaSuicide or accident
Richard VahselGermany8 August 1912Weddell SeaSyphilis[55][73][74]
Australasian Antarctic ExpeditionBelgrave NinnisUK14 December 1912King George V Land, AntarcticaFall into crevasse[75]
Xavier MertzSwitzerland7 January 1913King George V Land, AntarcticaCold and malnutrition (Hypervitaminosis A)
Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition
(Ross Sea party)
Arnold Spencer-SmithUK9 March 1916Ross Ice Shelf, AntarcticaCold and scurvy[76][77]
Aeneas MackintoshUK8 May 1916McMurdo Sound, AntarcticaFall through sea ice
Victor HaywardUK8 May 1916McMurdo Sound, AntarcticaFall through sea ice
Shackleton–Rowett ExpeditionErnest ShackletonUK5 January 1922South GeorgiaHeart disease[78]

Another five men died shortly after returning from the Antarctic (this does not include the significant number who died on active service in the First World War):

End of the Heroic Age

There are different views about when the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration came to an end. Shackleton's Endurance expedition is sometimes referred to as the last Antarctic expedition of the Heroic Age.[83][84] Other chroniclers extend the era to the date of Shackleton's death, 5 January 1922, treating the Shackleton–Rowett, or Quest expedition, during which Shackleton died, as the final chapter of the Age.[85] According to Margery and James Fisher, Shackleton's biographers: "If it were possible to draw a distinct dividing line between what has been called the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration and the Mechanical Age, the Shackleton–Rowett expedition might make as good a point as any at which to draw such a line".[1] A journalist inspecting the ship before she sailed reported "Gadgets! Gadgets! Gadgets everywhere!".[1] These included wireless, an electrically heated crow's nest and an "odograph" that could trace and record the ship's route and speed.[1]

The heroic era of Antarctic exploration was ‘heroic’ because it was anachronistic before it began, its goal was as abstract as a pole, its central figures were romantic, manly and flawed, its drama was moral (for it mattered not only what was done but how it was done), and its ideal was national honour. It was an early testing-ground for the racial virtues of new nations such as Norway and Australia, and it was the site of Europe’s last gasp before it tore itself apart in the Great War.

— Tom Griffiths, Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c d e Fisher, p. 449
  2. ^ Smith, p. 414
  3. ^ The historian Aant Elzinga gives the much later date of 1945, considering World War II to be the turning point in Antarctic research.Elzinga, Aang (1993). Changing Trends in Antarctic Research. Dordrecth: Springer. ISBN 978-0-58-528849-9.
  4. ^ a b Barczewski, pp. 19–20.
  5. ^ Huntford, p. 691 – "before machines took over."
  6. ^ For example, the scientific results of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, 1902–04 were still being published in 1920 (Speak, p. 100). 25 volumes of results from the Terra Nova Expedition, 1910–13 had been published by 1925. ("British Antarctic Expedition 1910–13". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 4 December 2008.)
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  8. ^ a b c d e American Association for the Advancement of Science (1887). The Exploration of the Antarctic Regions. New York: Science, Vol. 9, No. 223.
  9. ^ a b c Fogg, G.E. (2000). The Royal Society and the Antarctic. Notes and Records of the Royal Society London, Vol. 54, No. 1.
  10. ^ Matthew Jarron, Independent & Individualist: Art in Dundee 1867–1924 (Dundee, 2015) chapter 7.
  11. ^ Murray, John (1894). The Renewal of Antarctic Exploration. London: The Geographical Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1.
  12. ^ Crane, p. 75
  13. ^ a b Borchgrevink, Carstens (1901). First on the Antarctic Continent. George Newnes Ltd. ISBN 978-0-90-583841-0. Retrieved 11 August 2008. pp. 9–10
  14. ^ Borchgrevink, Carstens (1901). First on the Antarctic Continent. George Newnes Ltd. ISBN 978-0-90-583841-0. Retrieved 11 August 2008. pp. 4–5
  15. ^ Jones, p. 59
  16. ^ Some histories consider the Discovery expedition, which departed in 1901, as the first proper expedition of the Heroic Age. See"Mountaineering and Polar Collection – Antarctica". National Library of Scotland. Archived from the original on 23 June 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2008.
  17. ^ Carse, quoted by M. and J. Fisher, p. 389
  18. ^ "Carl Chun Collection". Archive Hub. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
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  22. ^ Huntford (Last Place on Earth) pp. 64–75
  23. ^ The Great Ice Barrier later became formally known as the Ross Ice Shelf. The older name has been used in this table in keeping with the nomenclature of the Heroic Age.
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  26. ^ Preston, p. 14
  27. ^ Modern recalculations based on analysis of photographs taken at the farthest south location suggest that the actual latitude may have been 82°11'S (see Crane, pp. 214–215).
  28. ^ Preston, pp. 57–79
  29. ^ Crane, p. 253 (map); pp. 294–295 (maps)
  30. ^ Fiennes, p. 89
  31. ^ "Erich von Drygalski 1865–1949". South-pole.com. Retrieved 23 September 2008.
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  69. ^ Scott, p. 592
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on, London SIR DOUGLAS MAWSON Sir Douglas Mawson has returned from the Australasian Antarctic expedition, 1911-14, with a story of mucli accomplished for science, despite hardship and disaster His pictures, both still and mo\ang, are some of the most remarkable ever .talien in polar regions. He lectured recently in New York under the auspices of the American Geographical Society and the American Mviseum of Natural History

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