The expedition however had not been without incident. During the winter the Norwegian biologist, Nicolai Hanson died of a stomach ailment that was never diagnosed with certainty. He therefore has the doubtful honour of having the first grave on the continent.
Twelve years later, in 1912 Cape Adare was chosen by the Northern Party (part of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's National Antarctic [Terra Nova] expedition) as a base for geological studies. The expedition, which had only limited success, built another prefabricated hut close to Borchgrevink’s but this was not able to withstand the severe weather conditions and eventually collapsed. It now lies in ruins which is a tribute to the construction of the Norwegian huts.
After this little is known about visits to the site until about 1950 but it was probably visited by whalers and sealers before this time. It was not until the current era of Antarctic exploration beginning with the International Polar Year in 1957 that the historic values of this (and other sites in the Ross Sea area) began to be recognised.
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