Frederick Pryce Evans
Regiment: Lieut. Commander Merchant Service
Frederick Pryce Evans was born in Newtown, Wales on 15 April 1874 to Frederick pryce Evans and Susan Maria (Baddeley). He was one of 2 children, having one brother, Frank Norman. Frederick was apprenticed into the Merchant Navy when he was eighteen and was serving on the New Zealand coastal run with the Union Steam Ship Company, Dunedin, when he was approached to command the Koonya on the British Antarctic Expedition ld by Ernest Henry Shackleton, 1907-1909. The Nimrod sailed from Lyttelton, New Zealand, on New Year's Day 1908, waved off by a crowd of thousands. The ship was dangerously overloaded with 255 tons of coal, equipment and food, and had just one metre of freeboard. To save her limited cargo of coal, she was towed south by the Koonya, a steel-built steamer. Within days Nimrod was taking on water through the scupper holes and wash ports – it was an arduous trip which Shackleton likened to ‘a reluctant child being dragged to school.’ Finally the tow, of 1,510 miles (2,410 km), finished on 15 January with the sighting of the first icebergs. On the return voyage during 1908-1909, Evans was captain of the Nimrod. He was awarded the Polar Medal for his part in the expedition.
Married to Mary Isabel Thomson in 1916, they had three daughters.
During the First World War Evans commanded numerous troop ship voyages to Europe. He served throughout the warin the Merchant Navy and was awarded Marine Medals and the British War Medal
He subsequently qualified as a lawyer and retired from the sea to Sydney where he specialized in marine law until aged 76. He died in 1959 at the age of 85 at Woolahra, New South Wales, Australia and is buried at North Ryde.
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