McClintock, British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1848-1849

Scope and Content

  • MS 1;MJ Journal, 18 May 1848 to 1 November 1849 [HMS Enterprise] microfilm

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1848-1849 (leader Sir James Clark Ross) was despatched to search along the shores around Lancaster Sound towards Barrow Strait and Wellington Channel and Prince Regent Inlet. During the expedition Ross carried out a survey of the Whalefish Islands. Ice prevented the two vessels HMS Enterprise and HMS Investigator (Edward Bird) from progressing past Lancaster Sound. Sledge parties carried out surveying and depot laying work during the spring. The expedition found no trace of Franklin.



Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to this expedition, see SPRI collections GB 15 Edward Adams GB 15 Sir George Back, GB 15 Sir John Barrow GB 15 Sir Francis Beaufort, GB 15 Frederick William Beechey, GB 15 William Dyer, GB 15 Jane Franklin, GB 15 Robert McClure, GB 15 Sir William Edward Parry, GB 15 Charles Phillips, GB 15 Sir James Clark Ross and GB 15 Sir Edward Sabine.

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