Historic Marker #19 Cross at Hut Point, Ross Island
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member nzkeko
S 77° 50.762 E 166° 38.297
58C E 538499 N 1358274
Quick Description: Cross at ut Point on Ross Island, erected in February 1904 by the British Antarctic Expedition of 1901-04, in memory of Georges Vince, a member of the expedition who died in the vicinity. Locally know as the Vince Cross.
Location: Antarctica
Date Posted: 2/12/2009 5:29:27 PM
Waymark Code: WM5TRE
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty
Views: 9

Long Description:
British Navy Seaman George T. Vince, a member of the Scott expedition was the first person to lose his life in the McMurdo area. Vince was one of a party of nine that got caught in a blizzard in 1902. They decided to try to make their way back instead of hunkering down in a tent. Vince was wearing fur-soled boots that offered little traction. He slipped down a slope into the Sound and his body was never found.

The inscription on the cross reads:
Sacred to the memory of
of the
who was drowned near this spot
March 11th 1902

And the plaque reads:
Vince's Cross, Hut Point. This cross is an historic monument and preserved in accordance with the provisions of the Antarctic Treaty. It commemorates T. Vince of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1904 who lost his life in the vicinity in March 1902.

I visited Hut Point several times in the past years as I did a month of work in McMurdo. It is a nice walking distance from Mc Town.

Type of Waymark: Historic Monument (On Continent)

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