Henry "Birdie" Bowers

Henry Bowers was no stranger to the sea. He had sailed around the world 5 times. But when he joined Robert Scott's famous expedition to Antarctica, it was his first polar journey. Bowers proved to be fearless and hard working. He was a jack-of-all trades who did everything from backbreaking work to scientific research. Bowers was part of the5-man team that reached the South Pole in 1912. And like the others, he died on the return trip.

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