The collection comprises of papers of the company relating to William Penny
Aberdeen Arctic Co collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Aberdeen Arctic Co
- Dates of Creation1854-1862
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionPapers (4 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Aberdeen Arctic company was founded by the whaler William Penny who wished to establish a British colony in Cumberland Sound in order to prolong the whaling season, Penny formed the Royal Arctic Company in 1852, later renamed the Aberdeen Arctic Company. With the company's purchase of the brigs Lady Franklin and Sophia, Penny led the first whaling expedition to winter deliberately with ships in the Baffin Bay and Davis Strait region between 1853 and 1854, introducing the practice of floe whaling which allowed whalers to commence work earlier in the season.
The papers are arranged chronologically
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to 'Penny, William' by Clive Holland in Dictionary of Canadian Biography volume 12 edited by Francess G Halpenny, University of Toronto Press Toronto (1990) SPRI Library Shelf 92(08)[pub.1966-] and 'William Penny (1809-1892)' by W Gillies Ross in Arctic volume 36 number 4 1983 p380-381 and 'William Penny, 1809-1892 Arctic whaling master' by Clive Holland in The Polar Record volume 15 number 94 January 1970 p25-43
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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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