Little Antarctic exploration occurred in the decades immediately after the French, American and British race south that rounded out the 1830s.
American, German, British, Scottish and Norwegian visitors did turn up looking for whales and in the course of the invention of oceanography.
This episode takes the series up to the 1890s and sets the scene for the voyage that would kick off the Heroic Age of antarctic exploration in all its capitalised glory.
The sort of spacious and well appointed lab marine scientists dream of.
Fig 17 – The Dredging and Sounding Arrangements on board the ‘Challenger.’