New book published on Bute’s Antarctic hero

Anne Strathie's new biography tells the story of Henry Robertson 'Birdie' Bowers, part of Captain Scott's Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica a hundred years ago.
Anne Strathie's new biography tells the story of Henry Robertson 'Birdie' Bowers, part of Captain Scott's Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica a hundred years ago.

A brand new biography of the man who died alongside Captain Robert Scott on the ill=-fated Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica one hundred years ago has just been published.

Birdie Bowers: Captain Scott’s Marvel, written by Anne Strathie and published by The History Press, tells the story of Henry Robertson ‘Birdie’ Bowers, who was born in Greenock in 1883 but was a regular visitor to Bute after his mother and two sisters moved to the island following the death of his father.

Bowers joined the Terra Nova expedition team in 1910, inspired by the accounts of Scott’s Discovery expedition a decade earlier and of Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition, gaining a place on the team without a prior interview despite having no previous polar experience.

The new book, drawing on Bowers’ letters, journals and previously neglected material, sheds new light on Bowers and tells the full story of the hardy naval officer who could always lift his companions’ spirits.

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