Robert Falcon Scott was a royal naval officer and antarctic explorer whose last and disastrous expedition was recorded in detail in his working diary. 100 years ago (on March 29), he scrawled his last words into his diary:
“We had fuel to make two cups of tea apiece and bare food for two days on the 20th. Every day we have been ready to start for our depot 11 miles away, but outside the door of the tent it remains a scene of whirling drift. I do not think we can hope for any better things now. We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more.
For God’s sake look after our people.”
The entry came two weeks after several weeks of heart-wrenching and disastrous accounts of the weather, the status of food, and the conditions of himself and his companions. In November 1912 (8 months after this), a search party found Scott and two of his companions frozen in their sleeping bags. To learn more about the failed expedition, see the article by Andrew Mustain at MSNBC’s “Antarctic explorer’s last words: 100 years ago.”