The Royal Research Ship Discovery with Christmas Lights at Discovery Point Dundee, Scotland. The RRS Discovery was the last wooden three-masted ship to be built in Britain. Designed for Antarctic research, she was launched in 1901. Her first mission was the British National Antarctic Expedition, carrying Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton on their first, successful journey to the Antarctic, known as the Discovery Expedition. She is now the focus of visitor attraction in her home, Dundee.