ANTARCTIC

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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.

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