Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 1603/92;D Speech or newspaper article about the value of polar exploration written prior to the departure of the Quest 1921
  • MS 1591/1/1/3;D Telegram to Alexander Macklin, 16 March 1921 [Requests that Macklin sail for Canada on 24 March] holograph
  • MS 1591/1/1/2;D Telegram to Alexander Macklin, 23 March 1921 [Informs that he will sail alone and for Macklin to arrive at club] holograph
  • MS 1591/1/1/1;D Telegram to Alexander Macklin, 30 April 1921 [Asking to mark time while programme is altered] holograph
  • MS 1591/1/1/4;D Telegram to Alexander Macklin, 4 May 1921 [Instructs to see Eaton in Toronto] holograph
  • MS 1591/1/1/5;D Telegram to Alexander Macklin, 14 May 1921 [Await deferred] holograph
  • MS 1591/1/1/6;D Telegram to Alexander Macklin, 16 May 1921 [Informs that the government have postponed the project until next year and to return at once, Quest will carry out Antarctic coast survey and southern Islands] holograph
  • MS 1591/1/1/7;D Telegram to Alexander Macklin, 21 to 22 May 1921 [Asking for details of Mrs Little's illness and instructions to draw money from Robertson Cole] holograph
  • MS 1591/1/1/8;D Telegram to Alexander Macklin, 24 May 1921 [Informing that Labrador dogs may be required] holograph
  • MS 1591/1/11/19;D Receipt for Alexander Macklin, 24 May 1921 [For US 400 dollars] holograph
  • MS 1591/1/1/9;D Telegram to Alexander Macklin, 25 May 1921 [Instructions to attend funeral] holograph
  • MS 1591/1/1/10;D Telegram to Alexander Macklin, 28 May 1921 [Instructs to return on first fast steamer and cable financial requirements, and informs that the Southern expedition is definitely arranged] holograph
  • MS 1591/1/1/11;D Telegram to Alexander Macklin, 30 May 1921 [Asking to cable with synopsis of Mothers Will] holograph
  • MS 1591/1/1/12;D Telegram to Alexander Macklin, 2 June 1921 [Notice to sail immediately to London] holograph
  • MS 1613/4/2;D Notice of Allotment for the Quest 29 July 1921, holograph
  • MS 1537/5/1;SL Deck Log, 24 September 1921 to 1 February 1922 [Quest, Plymouth to Rio and South Georgia, Thence to latitude 61 32 Longitude 95 W] holograph
  • MS 1537/3/10;BJ Diary, 24 September 1921 to 29 September 1921 holograph
  • MS 1537/3/9;BJ Diary, 1 January 1922 to 4 January 1922, holograph
  • MS 1591/1/1/14;D Telegram to Marine Biological Station Plymouth, undated [Instructions to approach Elmhurst with a salary of 400] holograph
  • MS 1591/19/1;D A Sketch of the Cairn on South Georgia erected by the crew of the Quest with a copy of the inscription, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition, 1921-1922 (leader Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton) was to sail along previously unvisited stretches of the Antarctic continent. Quest arrived in South Georgia in January 1922 where Shackleton died on 5 January. The expedition continued under John Robert Francis [Frank] Wild's command visiting the South Shetland Islands, Gough Island and Tristan da Cunha. The expedition proved the non-existence of New South Greenland. Shackleton was buried in the whalers' graveyard at Grytviken, South Georgia.

The collection comprises of material relating to the planning of the expedition, the expedition and mention of the funeral arrangements for Shackleton



Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material elating to this expedition, see SPRI collection GB 15 Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition, 1921-1922 for more information.

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