Albert Armitage

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Albert Borlase Armitage (born 1864 in Balquhidder, Perthshire; died 31 October 1943) was a Scottish polar explorer and captain in the Royal Navy.

Between 1884 and 1897 he was a member, and second-in-command, of the Jackson-Harmsworth Expedition to Franz Josef Land, and was involved in the 1895 rescue of explorer Fridtjof Nansen and his men.[1]

Armitage was then Robert Falcon Scott's navigator and second-in-command on the Discovery Expedition to Antarctica. The other members were Ernest Henry Shackleton, George Mulock, Edward Adrian Wilson, Charles Royds, Frank Wild, Koettlitz, Skelton, Heald, Barne, Plumley, Quartley, Weller, Hare, Allen, Evans, Ferrar, Hodgson, Louis Bernacchi, Vince. On this expedition, he became the first person to walk on the polar plateau.


  1. ^ Walton 1985, pp. 512-513


Walton, D.W.H. (1985). "Profile: Albert Borlase Armitage" (PDF). Polar Record (Cambridge, United Kingdom: Scott Polar Research Institute) 22 (140). Retrieved 11 October 2014. (subscription required (help)). 

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