Frequently Asked Questions


- What do TAE and IGY stand for?
- Why is Scott Base painted green?
- How did Scott Base come to be located at
Pram Point?
- How cold, how warm and how windy is Scott Base?
- Is it true that the flagpole from Scott’s Discovery expedition (1901-04) is now at Scott Base?
- Where did the huskies come from and what
did they eat?
- What were the huskies used for and why
were they removed?
- What is the oldest building at Scott Base?
- How many people have visited Scott Base?
- Who has spent the most time for New Zealand
at Scott Base?
- Who decided on the name Scott Base?
- What is the largest and smallest number of people accommodated at Scott Base?
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Who decided on the name Scott Base?

The Ross Sea Committee (established for the Trans-Antarctic Expedition in May 1955) named the Base on 3 November 1956 after Captain Robert Falcon Scott who led two expeditions to Ross Island in 1901-04 and in 1910-13. The name Pram Point comes from the small dinghy (from the Dutch word praam, for a flat bottomed boat) that used to be stored on the point so that Scott and his men could cross onto the Ross Ice Shelf should the sea ice break out.