british Bowring C. T. - Oil Tank S.S - Bear Creek Oil & Shipping Co. Ltd. - English & American Shipping Co. Ltd. SS Terra Nova (+1943)
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nationality british
purpose fishing
type barque - bark
propulsion sail and steam
date built 1884
weight (tons) 744  grt
dimensions 57 x 9.6 x 5.8 m
material wood
engine Compound steam engine, 1 funnel, three masts.
power 100  kW
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date lost 13/09/1943  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Stephen & Sons Ltd., Alexander Stephen, Glasgow
Bowring C. T. - Oil Tank S.S - Bear Creek Oil & Shipping Co. Ltd. - English & American Shipping Co. Ltd., Liverpool
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 Siert Ingo   17/08/2012

Discovery of S/V "Terra Nova" (flagship of Capt. Scott) off Greenland

The wreck of the famous polar vessel "Terra Nova" was discovered last month by the research vessel R/V "Falkor" of the Schmidt Ocean Institute. The wreck was found by coincidence, when a new echo sounder was tested.

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Allen Tony13/03/2010The Terra Nova (Latin for Newfoundland) was built in 1884 for the Dundee whaling and sealing fleet. She worked for 10 years in the annual seal fishery in the Labrador Sea proving her worth for many years before she was called upon for expedition work. Terra Nova was ideally suited to the polar regions.

Her first work in the cause of science was as a relief ship for the Jackson-Harmsworth Arctic Expedition of 1894-1897. In 1898 it was bought by Bowring Brothers and sailed under the command of Nicholas Kennedy and in later years by Captain Abram Kean.

On 13 September, 1943 she was damaged by ice and sank off the southwestern tip of Greenland; her crew were saved by a United States Coast Guard cutter Southwind.


1) The figurehead for Terra Nova was removed in 1913 and sent to the National Museum of Wales.

2) Her bell is kept at the Scott Polar Research Institute, (, part of the University of Cambridge. It was gifted to the Institute on the 20th October 1952 by Lady Nicholson of Eden, who was given the bell by her nephew, EL Atkinson, the surgeon on Scott´s last expedition. It is rung every weekday at 10.30 and 16.00 when everyone working within the Institute is invited to gather for tea. It is usually rung in the manner of a ship´s watch, five bells in the morning and eight bells in the afternoon.

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About Builders
 Stephen & Sons Ltd., Alexander Stephen, Glasgow
Alexander Stephen and Sons Limited, often referred to simply as Alex Stephens, was a Scottish shipbuilding company based in Linthouse, Govan in Glasgow, on the River Clyde. Alexander Stephen, a member of the third generation of the family, merged the Aberdeen and Arbroath businesses in 1828 and then, after closing the Aberdeen yard in 1829, moved production to the Panmure yard in Dundee in 1842. In 1850 part of the business was transferred to Kelvinhaugh yard, now known as Yorkhill Quay, near Glasgow. The Arbroath yard finally closed in 1857. Then in 1870 the business moved to Linthouse near Glasgow.

In a tragic disater in 1883, the Daphne, a steamer, capsized after its launch from the yard, and 124 workers lost their lives. The Dundee shipyard was sold in 1893. In 1968, Stephens was incorporated into Upper Clyde Shipbuilders and was closed after the latter organisation collapsed in 1971.

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