Clark Souter (1880 -1959) was ophthalmic surgeon to the
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen Eye Institution, Aberdeen
Maternity Hospital and lecturer in ophthalmology in the University
of Aberdeen from c.1920 until his retirement in 1946. A long-serving
member and president of the British Medical Association and
of Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society, he received the polar
medal for his service as ship's surgeon on the Terra Nova relief
expedition to the Antarctic, 1903 – 1904.
A series of 51 annotated prints illustrating his Antarctic trip
was found during cataloguing of his personal papers in 2004.
These document, with tremendous detail and personal insight,
the voyage of the Terra Nova to free the ice-bound Discovery
from Winter Harbour, August 1903 – February 1904. Charting
her trip into Antarctica, they capture the crew’s first
glimpses of icebergs and views of Franklyn Island and 'Majestic
Erebus', the '13,000 foot, snow-clad, native volcano [that]
seemed to watch like a grim sentinel ... the struggle of man
against nature, which was being enacted so near it.' They include
scenes of the Terra Nova and Morning’s slow passage through
the pack-ice, of the Discovery lying in the frozen water of
Winter Harbour, the efforts of the crews to blast her an exit
route, her long-awaited exit into open water on 16th February
1904, and 'farewell' photographs of the snowy landscape that
they left behind.
View the images here
See the catalogue entry for the photographs here. Also see the catalogue entry here for the Terra Nova medical accounts, 1903 – 1904.