The collection comprises of correspondence relating the British Expedition 1833-1834 (led by Rea).
Henry Rea collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Henry Rea
- Dates of Creation1832-1833
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Henry Rea was born circa 1804. In 1833, he was serving in the Royal Navy when he was appointed by the Admiralty to assist John Biscoe in his scientific investigations on a proposed voyage to the Antarctic in the brig, Hopefull, commissioned by the Messrs Enderby. Perhaps because of ill health, Biscoe eventually withdrew and decided to return to seafaring in warmer latitudes. Messrs Enderby then appointed William Lysle as commander of Hopefull, accompanied by John Tobias Mallows in Rose. Setting out in July 1833, the two vessels reached the Falkland Islands in October, where Rea took over command of Hopefull. Proceeding in execution of their orders, the two vessels sought a passage in longitude 30 to 40° West, against the currents and the prevailing winds. They got as far as 60°South, 53°West, where Rose was crushed in pack ice in January 1834. After rescuing her crew, Rea decided to abandon the voyage and returned to London on 21 May 1834.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to 'The voyage of the Hopefull and the Rose 1833-1834' by A.G.E. Jones in Mariner's Mirror (1965) volume 51 number 3 p233-241 SPRI Library Shelf Pam 91(08)(7)[1833-1834 Rea] and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events,(1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue. Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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