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Captain Scott Letter, 1911
Captain Scott Letter, 1911
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Brief Description: Letter from Captain Scott in the Antarctic to Huntley & Palmers thanking them for supplying his Antarctic expedition. Image of front of letter where Captain Scott remarks on how many of the biscuits were found to be broken on their arrival in Antarctica
Subject Date: 1911
Creator: Captain Robert Falcon Scott, British Antarctic Expedition
Full Description: Huntley & Palmers provided ordinary and specially made emergency biscuits to the ill-fated British Antarctic Expedition to the South Pole, led by Captain Scott. Several varieties of biscuit containers still survive at the Cape Evans hut where Scott had established his winter quarters in 1911. In Captain Scott's day the science of nutrition was in its infancy, and modern research has shown that the daily ration of 4100 calories for the men was 800 calories short. The polar party's diet was deficient not only in vitamins but in energy-producing elements as well. Captain Scott had biscuits specially made by Huntley & Palmers for the Expedition to the following formula: flour 80lbs, rice gluten 13 3/4lbs, wheat meal 20lbs, sugar 7 1/2lbs, lard 2 1/2lbs, salt 10oz, sodium bicarbonate 2 1/2oz, water 40lbs. They were baked to a final water content of 5% and each biscuit weighed 2oz.
Collection: Reading Museum Service
Place: Antarctica
Dimensions: Height: 25.0cm, Width: 29.0cm
Subject: social history, communication <writing>, trade <food mfr>, events
Content Type: letter
Location: Reading Museum Service
Local Ref: REDMG : 1997.8.1
Unique ID: rm-rm-1997_8_1~2_056-i-00-000.tif
IPR: Reading Borough Council (Reading Museum Service)
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