The collection comprises of material relating to the British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1852-1854 (leader William Pullen)
William Elliott collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 William Elliott
- Dates of Creation1854
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionExpedition material (2 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
William Elliott joined the British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1852-1854 (leader William Pullen), as clerk in charge in HMS North Star, the store ship for the British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1852-1854 (leader Sir Edward Belcher). North Star spent two winters at Beechey Island and was the only ship of the five in Belcher's search expedition to return to England in 1854, the other four being abandoned on Belcher's orders when beset in the ice. Elliott was later appointed paymaster in the survey vessel HMS Plumper under George Richards, engaged in a detailed survey of the waters between Vancouver Island and the American mainland, to help determine the location of the international boundary through the San Juan Islands.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to 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 and 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
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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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