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From the Garton Archive: Item of Interest

Did you know that Lincoln Grammar School, later renamed Lincoln School, provided a Russian husky for Captain Scott’s Expedition to the Antarctic in 1912?

Robert Falcon Scott (‘Scott of the Antarctic’) set off on his final and fateful expedition to the Antarctic in 1912 in his ship ‘Terra Nova’ in search of the South Pole. Several schools, including Lincoln Grammar School, provided dogs as gifts for this expedition. The School’s contribution was a Siberian Husky named ‘Poacher’, presumably after the well-known Lincolnshire song. Its Russian name was ‘Malchick Chorney Stareck’, which Mr N Brown has translated as ‘Black-furred Eldest Young Man’, meaning the first of a litter. Apparently Siberian dogs are not given a name in our sense of the word, but are given a tag to identify them from their place in the litter.

Unfortunately The Lincolnian magazine was not published during the three years leading up to the expedition, and the only reference I can find is in the April 1912 edition, Volume 10, No 24:

            ‘Reading of Amundsen’s success at the South Pole and the way in which the dogs were slaughtered for food has made us wonder about the fate of the dog supplied by the School for Captain Scott’s Expedition.’

Fortunately Carole and Dave Williams (www.salazka.co.uk) report that most of the dogs that accompanied Scott to the Antarctic survived, largely because Scott believed that ponies were hardier than dogs. The dogs were apparently turned back once the final stage of the Expedition was reached, and were transported to New Zealand where they became domesticated.

Sources:

‘The Lincolnian’ Magazine April1912, Vol. 10, No 24

Information from Mr Harold ‘Mike’ Barnaby, Lincoln social historian

www.salazka.co.uk and other websites

Mr Nick Brown (Russian translation)

Peter Harrod

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