The fascinating life of Admiral Sir Edward R. G. R. Evans, Royal Navy, First Baron Mountevans
For a young sub-lieutenant in the late-Victorian Royal Navy, even one as bright and ambitious as Edward “Teddy” Evans, advancement in rank came at a snail’s pace. After decades of peace, the navy promoted officers rarely, usually when some superannuated relic was pensioned off.
Naval service denied Evans and others the opportunities available to young Army officers to show courage and dash across the growing British Empire. One of the only ways for a young naval officer to get ahead was through geographical exploration. For this reason, Sub-Lieutenant Evans jumped at the opportunity to become second officer in the bark-rigged whaler Morning. In early 1902, Evans and the Morning sailed to the relief of the British National Antarctic Expedition that had set out the year before in the Discovery under Royal Navy Commander Robert F. Scott.