The collection comprises of correspondence by Aldrich to Sophia Cracroft regarding the British Franklin Search Expedition, 1857-1859 (leader Francis McClintock).
Robert Dawes Aldrich collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Robert Dawes Aldrich
- Dates of Creation1857
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (1 leaf)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Robert Dawes Aldrich was born in 1808. Joining the Royal Navy in 1824, he was promoted to mate in 1830 and lieutenant in 1842. He served as first lieutenant in HMS Resolute on the British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1850-1851 (leader Horatio Austin), sent by the Admiralty to search for Sir John Franklin's missing Northwest Passage expedition. In early October 1850, Aldrich participated in a sledging programme to lay depots on Somerville Island in preparation for a major search by sledge the following year. The following spring, he travelled by sledge to Bathurst Island, examining part of the island's west coast before proceeding north to explore the western coasts of the small islands as far as Cape Aldrich. Retiring as a captain in 1860, he died in 1891.
The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to British polar exploration and research a historical and medallic record with biographies 1818-1999 by Lieutenant Colonel Neville W Poulsom and Rear Admiral John A L Myres, Savannah Publications, London (2000) SPRI Library Shelf 737.2 and Arctic, exploration and development c500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Holland Garland Publishing, London (1994) and Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills San Diego and Oxford, 2003
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