This ice pick belonged to the explorer James W. Dell who accompanied Scott on his first effort to reach the South Pole in 1901-04, serving as an able seaman aboard the ‘Discovery’.
Dell was among just three survivors from
this trip and was held in high regard by Scott who wrote a
reference for him in 1909 describing him as "one of the best men on
the expedition - cheerful, hardworking and very intelligent".
Dell also joined the Shackleton-Rowett
Antarctic Expedition of 1921-22.
He was one of the last men to see Shackleton
on the night he died aboard the Quest and was a
pallbearer at his funeral.
The ice pick will go under the hammer at
Greenslade Taylor Hunt's sale on March 7 in
Taunton estimated at £500-1000.
Contact 01823 332525.
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