Friday, 18 June 2010.

This afternoon, our watch keepers logged HMS Scott sailing down channel.  The ship, one of the Royal Navy’s hydrographic vessels, is named after Captain Robert Falcon Scott who led the ill fated British Antarctic expedition to the South Pole.  The ship had been visiting Cardiff as part of the celebrations to mark the centenary of the departure in 1910 of the expedition ship Terra Nova.  Cardiff was chosen as the departure point to thank the people who had contributed money for the expedition.  Click here for a news report.

And the Rhossili connection? 
Edgar Evans  plaqueOne of the five men to reach the pole was Petty Officer Edgar Evans who was born in Middleton Hall Cottage, Middleton, Rhossili on 7th March 1876.  He was the first to die on the return journey and a memorial plaque can be seen in Rhossili Church.

Edgar Evans  bookletThis booklet about Edgar Evans by Gary Gregor was published by the Gower Society in 2008 (ISBN 978-0-902767-43-0).  Copies priced at £3.50 can be obtained from local book shops, the National Trust shop at Rhossili or from Mrs H. Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The cover photo shows Evans (standing back row, right) at the South Pole on 18 January 1912.

About HMS Scott.
HMS Scott has been designed to commercial standards and provides the Royal Navy with a deep bathymetric capability off the continental shelf. The ship is fitted with a modern multi-beam sonar suite which will permit mapping of the ocean floor worldwide. She was ordered from BAeSEMA in 1995 to replace the ageing HMS Hecla.  She was built at the Appledore Shipbuilders in North Devon and launched on 13 October 1996 by Mrs Carolyn Portillo, wife of Michael Portillo, the then-Secretary of State for Defence.  She was commissioned on 20 June 1997.  Not only is she the largest vessel in the Royal Navy's Hydrographic Squadron, and the sixth largest in the entire fleet, but she is also the largest survey vessel in Western Europe.  From a distance it can be identified by the pennant number H131 marked on the hull as its name plates are quite small.
Click here for details from the Royal Navy’s site and here for some photos.