W. R. Timothy, a retired marine engineer, became licensee of the 'Hope and Anchor', Cardiff, in the late 1890s. Cardiff, with its importance as a coaling station, was probably the town from which Scott received his strongest support. As an ex-sailor himself, Timothy was naturally inclined to befriend members of the expedition and the previous vendor informed us that he amassed a large amount of Antarctic clothing and polar equipment. The collection was moved to Merthyr Tydfil in the 1920s and kept in a large cellar. The importance of the collection was unrecognised and it was allowed to deteriorate, the present ice axe and spoon alone surviving.