IN NOVEMBER 1902, the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition set sail from Troon in Ayrshire.
Among the 25 passengers to board the Scotia was Gilbert Kerr, the expedition’s official piper. He was a valued member of the team and marched up and down the ship playing tunes to boost spirits.
When the ship finally reached Antarctica in March 1904, Gilbert continued to entertain the cold and homesick crew. He donned a kilt and shuffled through the snow toward a group of emperor penguins. He proceeded to serenade the birds with a wide variety of traditional Scottish tunes.
The moment was captured on camera but the penguin standing still beside Gilbert was actually tied to a large pot filled with snow.