RRS Discovery

Pic of the Week – 25 March 2005

RRS Discovery at the Discovery Point Antarctic Museum, Dundee

by Mike Clark © 2005

All photographs are digitally watermarked – please don’t infringe copyright!

Mike adds:

“This year is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Not many people know that, but the British Tourist Authority is trying to spread the word. This is SeaBritain 2005. It is a year-long promotion of the UK’s maritime heritage, and among its principal sponsors are the Maritime Museum, and BBC History magazine, the latter doing a ‘special’ this spring.

“When BBC History’s list of proposed venues was issued, Clarkie couldn’t help but note that none were north of Hadrian’s Wall. Clarkie challenged this, as you would expect, and as a result was commissioned to do a piece on RRS Discovery.

“Not HMS, as I thought it was called. It is a Royal Research Ship, and it carried Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his team of scientists to Antarctica. Despite being ice-bound for two winters, this sturdy ship brought them home, and went on to even greater things.”

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About Mike Clark

Mike discovered the joys of horticulture when, as a small child, he overheard a neighbour say she'd dropped a sixpence in the tattie patch. He has been digging ever since, with the tenacity of a true Scot, hoping one day to find a fiver. Despite now running his own landscape gardening business, Mike claims to be permanently broke, due in part to his quest for fame resulting in writing gardening columns for free. He likes trees, Jack Russells, and 12 year old Glen Ord, but not necessarily in that order. Gifts of any of these can be sent c/o britishexpat.com, but he would like to point out that the third item is by far the easiest and cheapest to post. One of the highlights of his life was winning a toilet brush in a raffle. He persevered with it for ages, but he's back on the paper now... Mike approaches gardening and writing with exactly the same formula. Throw in plenty of manure, and something good will eventually spring up.

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