Lester, Discovery Investigations

Scope and Content

  • MS 358/13/1;MSM Chart, South Shetlands and adjoining islands and lands, circa 1923 [Based on Admiralty chart 3205 with additions and corrections by Lester] 1 sheet
  • MS 358/13/2;MSM Charts, South Shetland and adjoining islands and lands, undated [Additions made by Lester] 1 sheet
  • MS 358/18;BJ Navigation Officers notebook, 14 June to 23 December 1926 [Includes notes on harbours, rocks in South Georgia]
  • MS 931/3/1-3;D Ice observations, 1926 to 1928 [Observations on conditions made onboard William Scoresby] holograph, typed carbon and mimeographed including 2 diagrams
  • MS 358/10;MSM Sd Georgien, 11 November 1926 [Traced from blue print lent by Mr Esbensen, manager of whaling station, Grytviken Harbour] ink tracing, 1 sheet
  • MS 358/14;MSM Chart of South Georgia, 26 to 30 November 1926 [Showing net stations] 1 sheet
  • MS 358/15;MSM Rough survey sketch, 8 December 1926 [South Georgia from Whales Island to Cape Buller, including profiles of Welcome Islands and Cape Buller] 1 sheet
  • MS 358/16/1;MSM Original chart, Pack Ice between South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands, 5 October to 8 October 1928 [Sketch drawn from bearings obtained during plankton survey] pencil and coloured inks, 1 sheet
  • MS 358/16/2;MSM Print of MS 358/16/1;MSM with additional information concerning whales and ice capes, 1 sheet

Administrative / Biographical History

The Discovery Expeditions, 1925 to 1951, Organised to provide information required for whaling and sealing industries the investigations were a series of oceanographic voyages undertaken by Scott's first expedition ship Discovery and later by the Royal Research Ships Discovery II and William Scoresby. During the first two years research (1925 to 1927) a laboratory was set up on South Georgia.

The first cruise of the William Scoresby involved whale marking off South Georgia and dredging off the Falkland Islands.



Related Material

MS 358/16;MSM Charts showing anchorages and harbours in South Georgia, December 1926 to January 1927 [Made by J.M. Chaplin, showing Undine Harbour, Leith Harbour, Stromness Bay] 1 sheet