F.D. Fletcher

F. D. Fletcher, First Officer
F. D. Fletcher, First Officer, S. Y. Aurora, for the second two AAE voyages.

AAE position: First Officer of S.Y. Aurora for the second two AAE voyages

In their own words

He was a most efficient and conscientious officer and seaman who at first sight might have been taken for the prototype of the perfect “Bucko”, that semi-legendary figure sometimes described as having ‘a jaw like a sea boot’.

– Davis, J.K., High Latitude, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1962, p 196

Fletcher joined Aurora as first mate when she reached Hobart after her first Antarctic voyage, taking over from Toutcher whom Davis considered a ‘hopeless fool’. Davis recorded in his diaries that he was ‘shaping very well indeed…a live man instead of such a hopeless fool as the last man’. [Davis diaries]

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